Sexting

How To Talk To Your Kids About The Danger Of Sexting
Sexting among teens may not be the epidemic parents have been warned about, but despite education efforts and cautionary tales, it’s still, unfortunately, pretty common. While experts differ on statistics, a research report in the June 2019 edition of JAMA Pediatrics found that at least one in four teens receive sexually explicit texts and emails. At least one in seven teens send “sexts.” (2019)

“What Should I Do?” : Young Women’s Reported Dilemmas with Nude Photographs 
Northwestern University Research – Sexting, or sending nude or semi-nude sexually suggestive images or messages to others, is a reality for an estimated 15 to 25 percent of teens growing up in the digital age. Though some research points to sexting as a potentially low-risk way to explore sexuality, it also is associated with increased risk of ostracism, depression and suicide. (2018)

Study Uncovers ‘Sextortion’ Prevalence in Teens
According to the United States Department of Justice, “sextortion” is labeled as the most important and fastest-growing cyberthreat to children, with more minor victims per offender than all other child sexual exploitation offenses. Sextortion in children catapulted into the spotlight in 2012 with the suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd from British Columbia. (2018)

When Your Teen Won’t Stop Sexting
Sexting is all about conveniently connecting intimately — sharing sexual material, such as a picture or video, via mobile device or through a social networking app — and it’s not just adults who are doing it. Teens are also sexting. While adults are more likely to sext than teens, studies indicate that between 7 and 28 percent of adolescents sext. In fact, research from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston suggests that sexting may become a normal part of adolescent sexual development. (2017)