They Are Doing It: Sexting
We talk about this and talk about it and no one, no parent seems to think their teen is doing this...
BUT OBVIOUSLY they are.
The stats speak for themselves. It hasn't stopped and it hasn't slowed down. You're gonna have to accept (and this is hard) it's COMMON.
More than a quarter of American teenagers sent nude photos of themselves electronically, and those who engaged in ‘sexting’ were almost twice as likely as their peers to have had sex, researchers found.
The average ages: 14 to 19
About half of almost 1,000 students ages 14 to 19 from seven public high schools said they had been asked to send a nakd photo electronically, according to a study published today in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
Another third reported asking someone else to send them a nude picture.
Of girls who had sent a nude message, more than 77 percent reported having had sex. For those who had never sent a naked photo, 42 percent said they had had sex. For boys, those numbers were 82 percent compared with 45 percent.
The main implications are that sexting is prevalent, that it’s common, If we know that they’re more likely to have sex, then maybe that gives the pediatrician or the parent information to start a conversation.
ASK YOURSELF.... DO I THINK MY TEEN IS SEXTING? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CHECKED THEIR PHONE?