According to a study conducted by University of Southern California, Los Angeles researchers, children that "sext" are much more likely to be sexually active than those that do not. Originally, teen sexting was thought to be an alternative to teenage sex, but this is not the case, according to this new study. For those not familiar with sexting, it is the process of sending sexual messages or pics by cellphone. Since every teen has a cellphone with text and picture messaging, it is simple for teens to take and send sexually explicit pictures. Erick Rice, PhD, of UCLA called sexting "part of the new landscape of the sex lives of teens."
The study found that around 15% of teens sexted, and more than half knew someone who had. The study reported that if a teen sexted, they were seven times more likely to be sexually active. If a friend sexts, teens were seventeen times more likely to text themselves. This is a great reason for parents to start a conversation with their kids about teen sexting, and how dangerous it can be. The more they are aware, the better equipped they will be when someone actually does send them a naked picture or suggestive text.
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