Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs primarily between mobile devices.
Perhaps the most alarming of recent trends is the evolution of ‘sexting,’ whereby minors send sexually explicit messages or photographs to one another, primarily through cell phones. In fact, a study conducted by the Pew Research Center in December 2009, titled Teens and Sexting, revealed that 1 in 6 teens who own a cell phone have received a sexually suggestive image or video of someone they know*. Similar research conducted by MTV and the Associated Press found that nearly one-third of young people have participated in sexting-related behaviors**. This issue has become such a concern that several states have adopted legislation criminalizing ‘sexting.’ Arizona became the seventh state to enact such a law in May 2010, which places both the sender and the recipient at risk for legal repercussions including charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.
- Tips to Prevent Sexting
- Pew Research Center; Pew Internet and American Life Project
- A Thin Line; 2009 AP-MTV Digital Abuse Study
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