Are Your Kids Sexting?


Terrific piece by Nick K. Mandel, over on the Consumer Reports electronics blog today, on sexting, where cell phone users — usually teens — exchange provocative, sexual photos of themselves using their cell phones' built-in digital camera.

(Disclosure: I work for Consumer Reports as their social media reporter. You can follow me at @CReporter on Twitter. I primarily cover consumer issues there, but that also overlaps with my parenting reporting here. After all, we parents are some of the biggest consumers around!)

Mandel notes that a survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
suggests that one in five teens have "electronically sent, or posted
online, nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves." A percentage that high means that many parents who think "my kid would never do that" may be surprised to learn the truth.

Check out Mandel's post and the articles below. Then talk with your kids if you think they may be fooling around with sexting. Chances are, they have no idea how serious the consequences can be.

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One Response to “Are Your Kids Sexting?”

  1. AllyKatzz says:

    Hi. I am the Founder & CEO of AK Tweens/AllyKatzz.com. We just released a survey that shows that sexting is bigger than teens… TWEEN girls (ages 10-15) are sexting. 30% of the girls who responded to the survey - many as young as 10 years old - said they send/receive/post sexy messages and photos. Scary, but true. Here’s a link to more:http://trueslant.com/deniserestauri/2009/04/21/tween-girls-as-young-as-10-are-sexting/#comments
    If you have any questions, please email me denise@allykatzz.com - I want to help parents understand that the time is NOW to talk to their tween girls about the dangers of sexting. Tween girls are impulsive and too young to truly understand the consequences (not just legal).