Sexting should be a cause for alarm to teenage parents

survey for teenage sextingA study, based on a 2011 survey, harped on the dangers of teenagers who are prone to participating in exchanging sexually explicit messages or lewd images to their peers and are more prone to participating in the act more than those who don’t participate in those activities.

Pediatrics did a survey on Los Angeles teens and found out that one out of seven individuals with a cellphone has sent these types of messages or images.

According Eric Rice, a social network researcher from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, “What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding ‘yes’.”

In Houston on the other hand, a survey showed that one out of every four teens have sent a naked photo of themselves via text or email.

The Pediatrics study surveyed 1,839 high school students from Los Angeles.

According to Rice, the reason why there are higher teen sexting rates in Houston is due to their demographic differences.

According to The University of Texas medical Branch in Galveston psychologist Jeff Temple, “Sexting appears to be a reflection or an indication of actual sexual behavior.”

“What they’re doing in their offline lives is what they’re doing in their online lives,” he added.

Should sexting be a sign for concern for parents?

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Is Sexting prevalent among teens?

In a new study conducted by Donald Strassberg and his colleagues at the University of Utah, they found out that many teens are fond of sending sexually explicit photos and messages to their partners or peers.

Called as sexting, it is defined as sending sexually explicit SMS and semi-nude to nude photos to other individuals, using your mobile devices.

The study included freshmen through seniors in high school. The group surveyed about 606 students from a private school in the US. They asked about their experiences in sexting and their understanding of the consequences when doing the latter.

About 20 percent of those surveyed said that they have done so vie their mobile phones while about 40 percent said that they were able to receive an explicit photo in their mobile devices.

When asked about the consequences of the latter, 21 percent of those who participated in the survey said that there was no consequence. While others said that removal of phone privileges, school suspension, jail, pornography charges, community service, fine and sexual harassment charges could be faced by those who get caught sexting.

Different states in the US have different laws regarding on sexting.

If you catch a teen sexting, what punishment does he/she have to warrant?

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Survey says sexting is more common than you think

In a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, it was found out that sending explicit content (yes, nude or near-naked photos) through a text message, is participated by teenagers too.

According to the survey conducted among 800 teenagers from June 26 to September 24, 4 percent of teens aging from 12-17 years old who own cellphones have actually sent nude or semi-naked photos of themselves to someone else via text message. Fifteen percent of the same age group has received these materials from people they know.

The survey also shows that older teens are more likely to send and receive these sexually provocative images via sexting. Eight percent of 17-year-olds with cellphones have sent these kinds of images and 30% have received these images.

Who pays the cellphone bills is a factor too. According to this survey, those teens that pay for their own phone bills were more likely to participate in sexting. It showed that 17% of teens who foot their own bills send sexually suggestive images via text while only 3% of teens who do not pay, or pay only a fraction of the cost participate in sexting.

Lastly, the survey conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that there are three main scenarios for sexting. The first one occurs between two romantic partners, the second between two people who are not yet in a relationship but where at least one person hopes to be. The last and the ugly side of this is when the images exchanged between partners are being forwarded and shared to people outside the relationship.

This survey is part of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project which tracks the effect of the Internet on American life.


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