Most teens today are comfortable with documenting their lives online. Posting photos, updating their status messages, sharing rapid-fire texts, and being a click away from friends are the new normal for teens. But this "always on" culture also creates an environment where teens can make impulsive decisions that can come back to haunt them. One example of this has been in the news a lot lately: sexting. When people take and send sexually revealing pictures of themselves or send sexually explicit messages via text message, it's called "sexting. Kids "sext" to show off, to entice someone, to show interest in someone, or to prove commitment. Sending these pictures or messages is problematic enough, but the real challenge comes when this content is shared broadly. As far too many teens have found out, the recipient of these messages is in possession of a highly compromising image or message that can be easily posted on a social networking site or sent to others via email or text.
Sending provocative images over phones is all the rage, but it can go all wrong.
What is sexting?
By Linda Carroll. 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. All of that should be downright scary information for parents living in one of the 23 states, where teens can be prosecuted with child pornography statutes,. While the best solution would be to change the laws, that will take time, Strasburger said.
A Guide for Caregivers and Professionals
Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it. Girls may sext as a joke, as a way of getting attention, or because of peer pressure or pressure from guys.
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, dangerous and illegal.