Reuters Health - Sexting - the texting of sexual images - is increasingly common among teens, but in nearly half the U. More than a quarter of teens say they have received a sext and nearly 15 percent say they have sent a sext, researchers report in Pediatrics. The prevalence of sexting has been on the rise as more and more teens acquire smart phones, the authors noted. And parents need to realize that teens, with their unfinished brains, will not always be making the smartest choices, he added. In a review of recent studies on sexting, Strasburger described a meta-analysis that found 15 percent of teens had sent a sext, 27 percent had received a sext and 12 percent had forwarded a sext without consent. A more recent study, which surveyed 6, high school students, found that 29 percent were engaged in consensual sexting.
The Consequences of Sexting for Teens
'Sexting' Teens Can Go Too Far
Sexting is the act of sharing sexual, naked or semi nude images and videos. It also includes sending sexually explicit text messages. Sexting is more common that you think. Here are some other facts about sexting:.
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In some teen circles, sexting is an accepted occurrence that happens when people date or are interested in one another. In other instances, it is a one-time lapse in judgment. Regardless of the reason for it, the number of teens using the built-in cameras on their smartphones , iPads and other electronic devices to take nude or sexually-suggestive pictures is on the rise.
Sexting is making sexually suggestive images and sharing these images using mobile phones or by posting them on the internet and social media. The images might be photographs of yourself or someone else naked or partially naked. You might think that sexting is something risky and dangerous that your teenage child has been pressured into doing.