And, there are ways to mitigate (not "avoid," but mitigate) some of the risks.
Let's be perfectly clear: Sexting will never be 100 percent safe.
You'll always be taking some risk when you send or receive naughty messages, photos, or videos.
While we understand that some people engage in sexting as part of their online dating life, meaning they may be sexting with strangers, we view it as high-risk behavior.
We're not saying we condemn it, but we are saying it puts you at a much greater risk for having something bad happen.
Understand the Reality of Risks "Having something bad happen" could mean any number of things.
Photos or messages could be intercepted by people you know.
"The important part of that sentence is 'consensually,'" wrote Moen, who is an advocate for more responsible sexting.
"Sexting should be enjoyable and wanted by both people.
It could even be accidental, like glancing at a notification when a naughty message comes in.
For many people, that's much worse than having sexts leak publicly, depending on whether you're identifiable as one of the participants.
And for some, such as couples in long-distance relationships, sexting can keep communication and sexual desire strong.