The first being that whatever you send will never go away. Whether it is a Facebook post, a tweet, a text, an email, or some other form of electronic communication, there will always be a record of it somewhere. As such, it can always come back to bite you.
The second reminder being that before you hit send think about what your mother would say about what you have written. If the woman who brought you into the world would be embarrassed or upset by your message, you probably should not send it.
Rep. Weinerâ€™s error in judgment violated these two simple rules. On top of this, he exacerbated the problem by lying about it. What started out as an error in judgment exploded into a full scale national scandal that raised even more questions. By sexting, did Rep. Weiner cheat on his wife? That is a question to be answered between Rep. Weiner and his wife. Does sexting negatively impact Rep. Weinerâ€™s job performance? That is a question to be answered by his constituents. What can be answered is that having taken this netiquette refresher course you should realize that there is an electronic record of your communications and you are better off admitting guilt and suffering the consequences than trying to cover it up and facing a harsher penalty down the road.