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A survey by the University of New Hampshire found that just 1 percent of American kids aged 10 to 17 said they'd texted images revealing their private parts.
Teen 'sexting' has a double standard, study shows
But a later University of Utah survey said almost 20 percent of teens aged 14 to 18 had sent sexually explicit photos of themselves. In the new study, researchers surveyed 51 kids aged 12 to 18 from the Atlanta, New York City and Denver urban areas. About half of them were girls. Of the 43 kids who responded to the open-ended questionnaire, nine said they'd sent sexts of themselves.
Nearly half of survey respondents—mostly males—said they'd received sexts, the researchers reported. The kids provided comments about sexts and whether such messages indicate sexual interest. One girl wrote, "If a guy wants to hook up with you, he'll send pictures of his private parts or a naked picture of him.
Some said that sexts were "no big deal," while others judged those who sexted—or didn't. Another criticized girls for sexting but added, "I'm not going to stop it. David Finkelhor, director of the University of New Hampshire's Crimes against Children Research Center and co-author of the study, said the study doesn't break much new ground. In the big picture, he said, " sexting is really a small part of the teen sexual decision-making problem. The big elements are decision-making around consent and assault, drinking, intercourse, and contraceptive usage.
What can parents do? Study co-author Lippman suggests that parents teach their kids about resisting peer pressure instead of focusing on the risks. The study is published online in the June edition of the Journal of Children and Media. Explore further. All rights reserved. Please sign in to add a comment.
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