Sexting on the Fall

December 6, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sexting is technology’s contribution to the world of words. But it’s more than just a word; it’s an issue that ought to be considered serious.

A study conducted by University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center and published by Pediatrics revealed that 2.5 percent of the persons between the age of 10 and 17 said that they had appeared in or created images that depicted themselves nude or nearly nude (wearing underwear or bathing suits or even fully clothed but in sexy poses). But, when the researchers asked if the images showed breasts, genitals or someone’s bottom, only 1.3 percent said they had appeared in or created such images.

About three quarters of the 2.5 percent who appeared in or created nude or nearly nude images were of the age of 16 or 17, while 6 percent stood between the ages of 10 and 12. About 7 percent of the youth had received a nude or nearly nude picture, but only 1 percent reported forwarding or posting the image.

Of those who received such images, 56 percent were girls and 55 percent were of the age 16 or 17. About 6 percent reported receiving sexually explicit images.

The study also revealed that 21 percent of respondents appearing in or creating images reported feeling very or extremely upset, embarrassed or afraid as a result, as did 25 percent of the youth in receiving images. How is this relevant?

The answer is in other studies, which reveal that people are more likely to engage in behavior that they consider being normal. Well, kids also learn from bad company.

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