Welcome back to the second installment on teenage sexting. If you're just now joining us, we suggest that you go back and read over the first part. In part one, we talked about what sexting is, and the emotional and legal consequences that come from engaging in this behavior.
In today's post, we're going to cover several startling facts about teenage sexting that we feel parents should be aware of. If you have a teenager that needs help with addiction and nothing is working, please call Legacy Freedom. We're the top Columbus OH drug and alcohol treatment center for teens and adults.
Teen Sexting - The Facts
As we mentioned in part one, sending or receiving any type of sexually suggestive text or image to anyone that is under the age of 18 is considered child pornography. This can result in criminal charges that can follow them for life. Sexting also can cause lots of emotional issues, like depression, anxiety, and even suicide. However, there are several other alarming facts that parents should be aware of. These stats come from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, The Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Cox Communications Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey. Please take the time to review this list below.
- 11% of teenage girls between the ages of 13 to 16 have sexted.
- 24% of high-school teens between the ages of 14 to 17, and 33% of college-age students between the ages of 18 to 24, have sexted.
- 15% of teens that engage in sexting will send these messages to people they have never met. However, they do claim to know them from the Internet and Social Media.
- 17% of sexting teens share these messages with other people. 55% of those teens share these images with more than one person, and some even upload them to the internet.
- Sending semi-nude or nude photos is more common among teens girls than teenage boys. 22% of teen girls report sending nude images, whereas 18% of teen boys sent them.
Final Thoughts on Teen Sexting
We hope our last two posts have helped shed some light on the dangers of sexting. Just remember that an informed parent is more able to keep their kids safe as well as help them not make mistakes that have life-long consequences.
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