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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Skout pulls the plug on teens

Skout, a dating app for smartphones, has suspended access for their teen members, after stories of rape of underage users were reported.

Skout is a location-based dating service app that took the decision to protect minors and as well as their company from further criticisms.

According to founder and Chief Executive of Skout Christian Wikliund, “The safety of our community is our number one concern.”

He added that, “In recent weeks, we’ve learned of several incidents involving a few bad actors trying to take advantage of some of our younger members. We though carefully about what to do. We know how much Skout mean to our teen community, and, at Skout, our community means everything to us.”

Skout has about 5 million users and is considered as the largest location-based dating app. They used to target adults but have created a different service specifically for teens a year ago.

This is a big cause for concern since social networking sites, and even location based services, have cause rape cases.

A report from The New York Times said that three individuals have been accused of rape using the mobile app.

They added that the victims were a 15 year old Ohio girl, a 12 year old California native and a 13 year old Wisconsin boy who was assaulted.

Should Skout suspend service to teens or should they close the company after these incidents?

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Texting still popular among teens

What’s the most popular mode of communication? Is it texting or is it calling the other directly?

Well, according to a survey done by the Pew Internet Research Center, American teenagers prefer texting rather than talking on their devices or landlines. The average number of texts per day is 60 up from 50 back in 2009.

According to research specialist at Pew Amanda Lenhart, “Teens are fervent communicators. Straddling childhood and adulthood, they communicate frequently with a variety of important people in their lives: friends, and peers, parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, and a myriad of other adults and institutions.”

About 800 teens ages 12 to 19 were the subject of the survey. The findings that were concluded also involved the ones who lead the resurgence of text messaging. According to the survey, older teens, boys and African Americans are the ones leading the increase.

Of those who were surveyed, only 6 percent said that they use email to communicate with their peers.

Talking over the phone, may it be a landline or a cellphone, has been decreasing over the years. 14 percent of teens said that they use their landlines to talk to their friends. A drop of 30 percent since 2009. While 31 percent said that they don’t use the landline to talk to their peers. 26 percent of teens speak with their friends on their cellphones which is down 38 percent since 2009.

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