Sexting is known as the sharing of sexually explicit images and videos through the internet or via electronic devices such as smartphones. One in seven teens report that they are sending sexts, and one in four are receiving sexts, according to our study of over , teens from around the world published today, Monday Feb. Teen-to-teen sexting has generated considerable media attention, with news headlines mostly warning of the dangers of sexting. In the U.
Sexting: What Parents Need to Know
Shocking: One in seven teens are ‘sexting,’ says new research
You never think it can happen to your child. We think we know everything about our sweet kids, but the reality is, we have no idea what really happens behind closed doors—or, shall we say an internet chat room. Mother, investigator, and Medium. These pervs for lack of a better word sent Ryan numerous pictures of their genitalia, asked her to pose sexually for them not caring at all when she said she was 11 years of age , and more. Most of us on the team have kids, some of them the same age as the personas I play.
Pic’d: A decision game about sexting
Our lives these days are intertwined with our digital devices, for good or for ill. That includes adolescent romantic and sexual relationships of all kinds — happy, tragic, mutual, one-sided, healthy, abusive. And experts say that rather than being shocked to find that kids are sexting, we should instead be talking about it from an early age, just as we should about other aspects of their developing sense of their sexual identities. Her advice to parents is to start talking about sexting — as with so many topics — younger than you think you need to.
Skip to Content. Join Common Sense Media Plus for timely advice from a community of parents like you. We'd all like to simply say, "Just don't do it. The combination could lead to risky decisions in a world where anything digitized can become public. So how do you address it with your teens?