Teens produce video on dangers of sexting

Hendricks County teenagers produced a video about the dangers of sexting.
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Emily Longnecker/Eyewitness News

Hendricks County - Getting the word out about the dangers of sexting. That's what a group of Hendricks County teens are doing with a new music video.

"You know that guy you have a crush on. Yeah? Well we have a plan to get you two together."

That's how the conversation starts in the video between a group of girls at what looks to be a slumber party. It could be a conversation taking place between your teenage daughter and her friends.

"We want you to send him a picture. But not just any picture," the conversation continues.

It's a pressure cooker of peer pressure to send a racy photo via cell phone to a guy.

"There's girls going through this day after day and they just really need help," says the star of the video, Alee Hatfield.

That's why several teens - boys and girls - from Hendricks County created a music video about the consequences of sexting. Hatfield is the video's nameless teenager, ridiculed and bullied after the picture gets out.

"It just felt like I was being really, really oppressed and I hadn't even done anything," said Hatfield.

At the end of the day, Hatfield could walk away, but other teens haven't been able to in real life.

"We had known about a girl in Ohio who this had happen to and she ended up committing suicide," explained Katie Wolfe, the head of Get Real Inc., a faith based organization for teen girls that will debut the video this Saturday at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds.

But Wolfe hopes the video and its message will spread much further.

"We want to see it go across the nation," she said.

The video has already garnered attention from an Indiana Film Festival for teens and received grant money from a handful of groups to distribute it on DVD.

"You know this is something that really needs to get out and girls really need to hear as soon as they can," added Hatfield.

"The phone is like a gun. Once they hit send, it's like a bullet that's been released and they can't get it back," added Wolfe.

The video's creators and stars are hoping to change that for the young women who see it. They're hoping those girls will think twice before sending a picture that could change their future.

For more information on the music video or on Saturday's gathering go to www.getrealinc.org