A recent study done by Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that 28% of teens have sent naked photos of themselves through text or email and 31% of them have asked someone for a sext.
The children surveyed were between 14 and 19 years old with almost 56% being female. While girls reportedly received more requests for a nude photo, the study found that boys and girls sexted at equal rates. Interesting. I assumed this would be far more lopsided on the girl side. Mostly because, well, Brett Favre scarred me for life and I can’t imagine any girl wanting to see such a photo.
Apparently this trend is not going away. Which? Surprises me a bit. I guess I am the old fashioned “if you want to see my boobs you will need to take me parking and beg for it” type. These days (sweet 50’s housewife I sound like my grandmother) you don’t need a ticket to ride the naked train, it’s free.
The only sure fire way to stop this trend is to outlaw cameras. And who wants to give up Instagram and Pinterest just because our teens are doing what they do best and inventing new ways to mess with their parents and their future?
Since sexting seems to be here to stay and the rates of it are rising like a catholic school girl’s skirt after the ruler has been put away, we parents need to make sure we are talking with our teens consistently about this. Below are some conversation starters:
One final note to leave you with via Tech Crunch: If you find sexting pics sent from your kid’s phone, there’s a strong possibility that he or she is sexually active. 77% of girls and 82% of boys who had reported sending a sext were also no longer virgins.
To find out your states’ laws on sexting, click here.
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