Texting and Sexting
Sexting is defined by the U.S. court system as “an act of sending sexually explicit materials through mobile phones.” The messages may be text, photo, or video.
Facts about sexting:
· Teenage girls have a few reasons for why they participate in sexting: 40 percent do it as a joke, 34 percent do it to feel sexy, and 12 percent feel pressured to do it.
· Who will sees the messages? 17% of sexters share the messages they receive with others, and 55% of those share them with more than one person.
· While nearly 70% of teen boys and girls who sext do so with their girlfriend or boyfriend, 61% of all sexters who have sent nude images admit that they were pressured to do it at least once.
· Nearly 40% of all teenagers have posted or sent sexually suggestive messages, but this practice is more common among boys than girls.
· Sending semi-nude or nude photos is more common among teen girls. 22% of teen girls report sending images of this nature, while only 18% of same-age boys have.
· 11% of teen girls ages 13 to 16 have been involved with sending or receiving sexually explicit messages.
If sext messages get out experts say if can cause the following:
- Social problems in school
- Fear of going to school
- Loss of self esteem
- Poor grades
- Excessive absenteeism from school
- Alcohol and drug use
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
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