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Is Teen Sexting Really a Big Deal?

If you believe the media, teen sexting is a huge problem sweeping our high schools and middle schools. But a new study finds that it really not might be as common as people think it is.

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center in Durham asked more than 1,500 Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 whether they had created or sent sexually explicit images or videos either through their mobile phones or the Internet, ABC News reports.

The results were ... underwhelming. According to the survey, 2.5 percent of the young people were involved in some sort of "sexting" in the past year, but only 1 percent said they created or sent material considered to be child pornography (which basically refers to nude images).

However, when the definition of sexting was expanded to include sexually suggestive images, such as provocative poses or appearing "almost" nude, 10 percent of kids had participated, ABC reports (mostly as a prank or with their romantic partner).

These findings are somewhat reassuring, but our main concern would be that these "sexts" could get into the wrong hands. But maybe kids aren't really sexting away as much as we thought they were? And is most of it relatively harmless anyway?

Parents what do you think of teens sexting? Do you think it's a big deal?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Um, YES! You can be registered as a Sex offender! Even when going to college they will know about it! You will get in big trouble because you have participated in Child Pornography! THAT IS VERY BAD!

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  • 9 years ago

    it's not rampant, the media sensationalizes everything. but it's true that sexting is damaging. the kids who do it shouldn't. those pictures can never be erased, and could end up on porn sites, facebook, and could come back to bite you in the future when your boss/spouse/parents see it.

    also i don't think the person receiving the pic should be labeled a sex offender unless they asked for it. if the girl/guy sent it of their own volition, then the recipient shouldn't be charged.

  • 9 years ago

    I honestly think these laws have gone way out of hand. When you can be arrested for being sent a text message, there are so many ways you can be not responsible for the incident and still get a "sex offender" tag for life!

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It's a very big deal. Social media has ruined a lot of kids lives because of sexting.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I think it's blown out of proportion, like a lot of other things. Sure, it does happen, but not as often as it's made out to be.

    Imho, lower the age of consent. You're fully able to consent to sex and related activities at 15 or 16.

  • kandl
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    9 years ago

    Yes. I know a kid at school who sent a pick to his girlfriend and she sent it around. After two years, people still call him "Pinky" behind his back. It's really sad.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    they are just falling to hard to fast. if that is the partner they are going to be with there whole life( not likely) its not a huge deal. but it will haunt you if the break up is bad.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Its considered a big deal, but teens do it all the time

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Im 14 and i dont think it is. At my age, people dont really do thatmuch .

    Its really rare .

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