Online Sexual Harassment Among College Students

More youngsters approach the internet than at any other time, and sociologists attempt to comprehend its dangers. Various issues emerge when underage people engage in online activities corresponding to sexuality. It has become evident that they utilize new media to investigate, discover data, or experience their sexuality. Williams (2020) elaborates on the current trend of sharing intimate photos and videos among students facilitated by the quarantine measures. More data is required about what guardians, schools, and web programmers should do when educating youth regarding the safety on the internet. Instructions for students should cover feelings, assent, sexual character, processes of a healthy relationship, checking of reliability of data, basic media investigation devices, and basic examination of erotic entertainment.

Students are especially helpless against becoming casualties of brutality or online sex abuse. Before the pandemic, college students would often engage in an insecure sexual relationship on campus. Today, social distancing forced everybody to move their life online. The intimate desires are also often being fulfilled through the web. It would not be such a serious problem if that happened through the consent of both people. However, there is an increase in online sexual assaults among the younger generation. According to the article, one in five youths are seeing unwanted sexual material online, and one in nine receives unwanted requests for sexual material from their peers or adults (Williams, 2020). Young women face more considerable strain to send ‘sexts’ since there is a higher risk of getting those pictures shared with strangers (Williams, 2020). As a result, it is easier to become a victim and assaulted when there are no physical borderlines.

It is now easier for students to approach the person whom they are physically attracted to. For example, Nicky Romano, a junior at Philadelphian University, comments on starting a relationship with the person with whom she was taking the online class. Her boyfriend was scared to ask for a date in reality but realized he could do it online. The youth started to actively send content containing personal sexual images and clips (Williams, 2020). Hence, in real life, people do not dare to act inappropriately and are restricted by social norms and public behavior. The internet erases all the restraints, and the adolescent feels more secure to assault and stalk someone sexually.

There is a lack of knowledge about youth rights to sexual articulation and security. It is unclear how underage people are contemplating consent, what they are being instructed on, and their understandings of the agreement to ‘sexting’ and sharing pictures. Young students demonstrate narcissistic and uninhibited practices via web-based media and the web. Thus, it could be useful to evaluate their sexual-sensual online exercises (Williams, 2020). This would help to mediate and shield them from becoming victims of online provocation.

In conclusion, despite the fact that the internet can be an unimaginably significant asset and an amusement apparatus for youngsters, it likewise has hazards. College students who used to meet and spend time together on campus now fulfill their sexual desires on the Internet. Some possible adverse outcomes may be brought about by conduct dependent on an absence of involvement and information. There is a need to provide a secure environment on the net for youngsters and conduct the appropriate lectures and precautions regarding sexual behavior on the web.


Williams, A. (2020). College students are still finding romance in a pandemic, through zoom crushes and actual dates. The Washington Post. Web.