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Textual Harassment?


Between texting, instant messaging, Facebook and MySpace there are tons of chances for you to talk and flirt it up with crushes or BFs. Being so easily connected offers you tons of great opps to chat with the guys you like. But what happens when “just talking” or "flirting" turns into harassing?

Yep, you can feel forced to do stuff outside of your comfort zone even when you're not face-to-face with a super-cute sweetie. According to, a new website and campaign designed to prevent teen dating digital abuse, one in three teens say they have been textually harassed by a romantic partner. What qualifies as a cyberspace creep-out? Asking you for inappropriate pics, constant iming or texting, or having lewd convos with you are some of the most common probs. Even worse, half of teenage girls say pressure from a dude is the reason they send sexy messages or pics.

So, take note techy sistahs! Be aware of what’s going on with your guy virtually. If the sound of your cell getting a text makes you cringe with the thought of what the message is about, it's probably time to stop hitting REPLY. When your inbox is full of inappro messages, it might be the time for you to consider a big de-friend or saving Creepy Colin's number in your cellie as DO NOT RESPOND. Even if the guy may be your perfect Prince Charming, there’s no reason you should feel forced into doing things that'll make you uncomfy. If stuff turns serious and you really feel harassed or threatened, talk to mama, your guidance counselor or head HERE for more resources.

BLOG IT OUT! What do you say, girlies? Have any of you felt harassed this way? How did you deal?

BY TAELER LOTTINO ON 9/22/2009 3:06:00 PM


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