Post # 17
My rule on the internet is, “When my future children inevitably find this someday (because, you know, the internet will be hardwired into their brains), will I be OK with that?”
And if the answer is “hell no” then it doesn’t go up.
The thing is, I’m not a teenager and your brother is – teens don’t always think of the consequences of these things. I am sure he thinks it’s a “cool” photo, but the bummer of it is that schools, jobs, girlfriends, employees, etc. will google his name someday and if that pops up it might be deal over! Even if it seems hidden, someone who is very good at searching can (and will) figure out how to find these things.
It’s too much of a risk, but I understand that it’s hard to think that far ahead.
Good luck talking to him, OP!
Post # 18
I also want to emphasize the importance of not even storing inappropriate photos, let alone posting them. Emails get hacked, phones get lost, teens have committed suicide after photos of them were leaked. This seems like such a small issue, but its so fundamental to respecting yourself and others.
Post # 19
Two things : There is no such thing as delete. Every post, every picture is stored and saved forever.
That half naked girl constitutes child pornography (if she is under 18), and by posting it, he can be charged with production and distribution of child porn. And no, his age won’t save him. If he’s charged and convicted, his life is over.
He’s a teenager and has no sense of future consequences. You do.
Post # 20
Sit him down and let him know it’s not ok. Someone I used to be friends with posted photos of her naked self all over her Tumblr, and went for a job interview. They found her Tumblr and needless to say she wasn’t hired. I use mine to blog about Doctor Who lol. He needs to know that’s unacceptable behaviour, especially if he’s underage.