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Sexting Is Safe or Not

Sexting Is Safe or Not

Satterly supports the argument that sexting is safe by asserting that it is not a form of sex. Satterly’s argument that sexting is safer is founded on the notion that it does not involve an exchange of body fluids (Gilbert, Galarza, & McKee, 2016). However, he recognizes the need for proper sex education and other strategies to reduce the negative effects associated with the act.

According to Dyson, sexting is not a form of safer sex. Dyson argues that sexting does not result in ‘safer sex’. Instead, it could lead to both emotional, social and mental harm (Gilbert et al., 2016). Furthermore, sexting can be linked to physical abuse as well. The argument stems from the World Health Organization’s definition of health, which encompasses emotional, physical and mental well-being as opposed to just the absence of an illness or disability (Gilbert et al., 2016).

The main fact presented by the ‘yes side’ is that sexting does not involve an exchange of body fluids, making it a safe sexual behavior (Gilbert et al., 2016). The other argument presented by the ‘yes side’ is that parents and stakeholders can educate adolescents on how to prevent or minimize potential negative risks associated with sexting. 

One of the facts that Dyson presents is that digital communication removes the freedom of choice from a person as he or she cannot control the recipients of the messages or images sent. Considering that sexual images are private, someone is likely to experience emotional distress if they are accessed by an audience other than the intended one (Gilbert et al., 2016). The other fact that has been highlighted is that in some municipalities in the US, teenagers are facing child pornography charges for sending nude or almost nude pictures, an offense that could lead to incarceration. The illustrations strengthen the argument that as much as sexting does not lead to the transmission of diseases it can result in physical and emotional harm and is, thus, not safe.

The first opinion presented by the ‘yes side’ is that it could be misleading to consider sexting as a form of sex in the first place (Gilbert et al., 2016). Secondly, there is a belief among the ‘yes side’ that publicizing sexting as a severely unsafe practice could be more damaging on those engaging in the act.

The first opinion made by the ‘no side’ is that ‘safe sex’ is a concept that goes beyond the prevention of diseases or unintended pregnancy because it entails the psychological and physical well-being as well (Gilbert et al., 2016). The other opinion is that sexting is not ‘safe’ in itself and defining it as such is equivalent to telling someone to disregard the implications associated with engaging in it.

The ‘yes side’ presented the most scientific argument. Satterley’s major argument that sexting does not involve any physical contact or exchange of body fluids can be corroborated scientifically (Gilbert et al., 2016).

If sexting is to be categorized as a form of sex then biologically it is the safest regardless of the associated negative effects. However, given that there are still negative risks associated with sexting, then it cannot be considered to be entirely safe. Therefore, I believe that the argument presented by the ‘no side’ is the most correct.

There is a common ground between the two sides. According to the authors, sexting is associated with certain risks. Both sides recognize that sexting can result in harm (Gilbert et al., 2016). For instance, Dyson explains that sexting can negatively impact a person’s physical, emotional and mental well-being.    


Gilbert, T. Q., Galarza, J., & McKee, R. W. (2016). Taking sides: Clashing views on controversial issues in human sexuality (14th ed.). New York, IA: McGraw-Hill.

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