'Sexting' May Go Hand-in-Hand With Unprotected Sex Among Teens
Teens who "sext" sexually explicit texts or images are probably taking other sexual risks as well, with new research indicating these adolescents are seven times more likely to be sexually active and significantly more apt to be having unprotected sex.
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#1 Sep 17, 2012
#2 Dec 1, 2012
I've been reading posts on the topic of sexting in several online forums. Many parents seem to not know what sexting is or what its consequences are, particularly for adolescents. For anyone who doesn't know what sexting is exactly, I would recommend checking out the Wikipedia page, especially if you wish to have a discussion about the topic with your own teens
While the psychological consequences of adolescent sexting are currently unknown, the legal consequences can be severe. A peer-reviewed study called Sexting by High School Students: An Exploratory and Descriptive Study was published recently in Archives of Sexual Behavior. Researchers Donald S. Strassberg, Ryan Kelly McKinnon, Michael Sustaíta and Jordan Rullo at the University of Utah Department of Psychology surveyed 606 teenagers ages 14-18 and found that nearly 20 percent of the students said they had sent a sexually explicit image of themselves via cell phone, and nearly twice as many said that they had received a sexually explicit picture. Of those receiving such a picture, over 25 percent indicated that they had forwarded it to others. In addition, of those who had sent a sexually explicit picture, over a third had done so despite believing that there could be serious legal and other consequences if they got caught. Students who had sent a picture by cell phone were more likely than others to find the activity acceptable. The authors conclude: "These results argue for educational efforts such as cell phone safety assemblies, awareness days, integration into class curriculum and teacher training, designed to raise awareness about the potential consequences of sexting among young people." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22674035
If you are a parent, this is a topic that would be wise to discuss with your teens.
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