Recently while discussing the topic of sexting with a friend she reminded me of another reason why girls in particular sext. They just want to be loved. I know most of us would never think that our children wouldn’t feel loved by us, but sometimes they really don’t. As parents we get so caught up in our own lives and our own problems that we forget our children need more than clothes, a roof over their heads, and a hot meal. They constantly need validation from us. If they do not get it, they will look for it other places. When they do, it may be in the arms of someone who does not have their best interest at heart.
What girls do not realize is that most of the time the photos that are sent to a young man are not kept private. Many times what was promised to be secret becomes common knowledge for schoolmates. The photos are passed around and used as bragging rights. They have even ended up on Facebook or other social media websites.
I know most parents would say my child would never participate in such an activity, but what if you are wrong? Now is the time to talk about this. I know it is hard to discuss such sensitive issues with you kids, but it is better they are prepared to face them head on. You may want to start off by saying that some of the kids at school may be involved in sexting and you want to make sure they have all the facts. Always give age appropriate information and remind them how much they are loved.
Lastly, pray for your children everyday. Don’t take for granted your kids will turn out the way you plan. As parents, our job is hard enough without having to go it on our own. No matter what stage of parenting you are in, you will need wisdom to raise a godly child.
James 1:5 says, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally…and it shall be given him.