But for teens who do sext, there are both psychological and legal risks, especially if coercion is involved and the images wind up being distributed beyond their intended audience. Sexting is certainly not just a teen issue, but these tips are specifically for teens and parents of teens. Scroll down for tips for both parents and teens.
Your teenage children will let you know when they need money and if their smart phone is broken. What you may not know: if they are using their smart phones for "sexting," that is, asking for or sending nude photos or other explicit content. Are you sure?
There is nothing necessarily new about sexting. Remember when you could just snap a Polaroid and hand it over? The chances of lots of people seeing the photo were low.
Eugene Foster, a year-old man, found a nude picture of his girlfriend's daughter on her phone and decided to teach her a lesson by sending that naked picture of her to everyone on her contact list. Foster has been arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor but it's not because he's a pervert or a pimp, rather, it's because he's just dumb. Dumb dee dumb dumb, dumb. The police say that Foster found the naked picture of his girlfriend's teenage daughter on her phone a photo which she had taken herself and wanted to do right by her in the long run by teaching her a lesson of what could potentially happen if you take a naked picture of yourself.
In January, I wrote about a study in which two-thirds of teenage girls in an online forum reported being asked to send sexually explicit messages or images via text. That study was based on a small sample of about young women, so while it sheds some light on the pressure to sext that teenage girls may face, it does not give us a good sense of how many teens are actually sexting. And the majority of teens are sexting on a smartphone rather than on a computer.
By Mark Theoharis. Since cell phones first saw widespread adoption in the s, they've become not just ever present, but have developed vastly expanded capabilities, such as the ability to take and instantly share photos. Some states have adopted laws that prescribe penalties aimed specifically at teenagers or adolescents who send such photos.
Often sexting is brushed off as harmless, or even considered a fun, normal way to flirt and explore a new relationship. Considering the potential risks of images being forwarded or posted online, it may seem shocking that teens are still up for it. As we will see, there are a number of different pressures teenage boys and girls face when it comes to sexting.
More than a quarter of American teenagers have sent nude photos of themselves electronically, and those who engaged in 'sexting' were almost twice as likely as their peers to have had sex, researchers found. About half of almost 1, students ages 14 to 19 from seven public high schools in Texas said they had been asked to send a naked photo electronically, according to a study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Another third reported asking someone else to send them a nude picture. The study found the 28 percent of teens who exchanged nude messages were more likely to have sex.
Being a teenager is tough these days. Being a teen girl is even tougher, because every gross social expectation heaped upon women rests on your shoulders, along with the pressure and culture of your peers at an age where you're struggling to figure out who you are and who you want to become. Teenagers live in a climate where they live and die sometimes literally by the judgment of their peers, and just like adult womenteen girls are caught in sexist doublebinds when it comes to sexuality and behavior.