Today's teens are always connected. They live out their lives online and in the public eye. They share photos on Instagram, tweet live from concerts, and message their friends instead of calling. But sometimes teens don't make wise choices about what they're posting, sharing, or texting. And, one impulsive decision can affect their lives for years to come.
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6 Things Every Teen Needs to Know About Sexting
Sexting & teens: what parents need to know | Raising Children Network
Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it. Girls may sext as a joke, as a way of getting attention, or because of peer pressure or pressure from guys. Guys sometimes blame "pressure from friends. And teens get some backup for that when lewd celebrity pictures and videos go mainstream.
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Sexuality, Teens and Technology
In a new research paper published this week in Lancet Child Adolescent Health, researchers concluded that consensual sexting "in a committed partnership might be indicative of healthy exploration. Jeff R. Temple, lead researcher and University of Texas Medical Branch director of behavioral health and research, said parents who discover their teen has been or is the recipient of sexting should first take a deep breath. How to discuss with your teen: Teen sexting is becoming more common: What you need to know. Researchers performed analysis on close to 40 existing studies with more than , teens.
Talk about sexting when you talk about healthy relationships, self-esteem, peer pressure, and sex. Try these questions to start talking:. Contact the site s where the image has been posted and ask for it to be removed.
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