'Parasite' Porn Sites Post 88% of Private Pics, Videos
Uploading your sexy photos: not such a great idea after all?
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2012 5:42 PM CDT
Sexting: It's safer in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary than it is in real life.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Apparently lecherous classmates aren't the only ones passing around people's sexted photos. A British Internet watchdog has found that 88% of suggestive or sexy pics and videos that people upload of themselves end up on porn websites, the Guardian reports. A 4-week study by the Internet Watch Foundation found that of 12,224 such uploads, 10,776 later ended up on "parasite websites." Once there, of course, they're far beyond the person's control.

The study includes sad, personal messages from people whose lives were affected by having their sexy material hit the 'Net. "I came to regret posting photographs of myself naively on the internet and tried to forget about it," writes one. "I was eventually admitted for severe depression and was treated for a suicide attempt." Experts advise parents and teachers to communicate with kids about the dangers of sexting, but one analyst notes that young people tend to do it anyway.
 

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