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March 26, 2013

Anti-Sexting PSA Conjures Up Images of Amanda Todd Bullying Tragedy (VIDEO)


Photo credit: YouTube.com

Sexting seems like a harmless game, especially with all the new and creative ways to send NSFW photos. There are even apps with the explicit purpose of sending nude photos that self-destruct, giving the user a false sense of security.

It’s just one photo, right? Well, there’s no such thing as just one photo, says a Canada-based organization called Children of the Street Society. The group’s mission is to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth through public awareness, education and early intervention strategies.

The organization recently released an anti-sexting PSA in which a young girl uses cue cards to narrate her own sexting ordeal. The images are chillingly similar to the video Amanda Todd uploaded to YouTube before taking her life.

Todd, a victim of bullying, outlined her haunting ordeal via cue cards. In her video, she reveals the torment she experienced after sending a guy a naked photo of herself.

Sexting can, and does, have harmful effects as we’ve seen in the extreme case of Amanda Todd. While adults may be better equipped to handle the potential fallout of a nude pic that finds its way into the wrong hands, teens may have a more difficult time dealing with such a situation.

We hope videos and organizations like the one above will help spread the word against bullying and online exploitation.

For more resources on bullying, suicidal behavior and depression symptoms, please visit the following links:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

A list of warning signs of suicidal behavior.

A list of signs of depression.

How to help someone who is experiencing depression.

How to be a supportive bystander if you see someone being bullied.