Sexting is popular

More than a quarter of young people have been involved in sexting — “sharing sexually explicit photos, videos and chat by cell phone or online” — according to an Associated Press-MTV poll. One third of young adults also say they’ve sent or received explicit photos.

. . . 14 percent said they suspect the pictures were shared without permission, and they may be right: Seventeen percent of those who received naked pictures said they passed them along to someone else, often to more than just one person.

Boys were more likely to say that sexting is “hot,” while most girls called it “slutty.” But they still do it.

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  1. The age of active sexters is always getting younger and younger. I couldn’t imagine handling icidents like this in a elementary setting.

  2. elucidarian says:


  3. Give a kid unlimited candy and he will eat too much of it.
    Give a kid unlimited hours in front of a tv, he will sit there.
    Give a kid unlimited use of a cellphone, he will misuse it.

    The parents who give their kids unlimited and uncontrolled use of a toy (cellphone) unleash the limitless ability of the teenager to do something stupid, something that hasn’t been thought through.

    Adolescence is the time when INTELLIGENT controls are needed to establish boundaries and learn the appropriate use of toys.

    Please don’t try to claim that the current cellphone with all of its bells and whistles is necessary – only the call parents option is necessary. Everything else is fluff.

  4. This is a great article! I’m so glad that someone has finally decided to discuss the issue of digital abuse. Have you guys heard about the competition where young adults and teens can create an idea of their own to help end digital abuse? The winning idea gets $10,000!

  5. I agree with Curmudgeon. If you let your kids do whatever they want, then you’re not being a parent at all. You can’t really control people from sending nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves. On the other hand, parents are responsible and should make sure what their kids are doing with their mobile phones whether they’re sexting or not.