When Ashley was 15 her mother got a new job, and she and her family moved to a new city all the way across the country. Ashley was lonely in her new school, so her parents bought her a webcam so she could send video messages to her friends back home. Every day after school, Ashley would get on the computer and talk to her friends online, especially her boyfriend from her old school. On her boyfriend's birthday, she even surprised him with some risqué video she had taken of herself.
Months later, Ashley was settling into life at her new school. She had made a bunch of new friends and had even found a new boyfriend. When she told her old boyfriend about this, he got upset, but she figured he would get over it in time. One day, though, Ashley received an email from her old boyfriend that contained a link to a website. She went to the website and saw her pictures and videos splashed all over it, with comments from all the people who had visited the site and seen the videos. Soon some kids at her school saw the video on another website, and she became the laughing stock of the school.
"I wish I had never made that video," Ashley says now. "I never thought it would get out like this. I will never send anybody anything like that again, no matter how much I think I can trust the person."
To learn how to use webcams safely, see the article on The Dangers of Webcams