Using technology is a big part of our lives and it's becoming very common to use it for romantic interactions. In particular, teenagers are using sexting to express sexual or romantic feelings. Sexting is when someone shares explicit texts, images or videos through the internet or their mobile phone. It's often done as an expression of love or lust but it's not always used in a positive way. It's important to help your teenager understand that, while it might seem fun or enticing at times, it's important to still be safe and choose wisely who you send intimate messages to as it may have serious consequences. Talk to them about how such pressure can indicate a wider problem in the relationship that may need addressing. Learn about sexting and online sexual behaviour. What is sexting?
What if your teenager receives unwanted sexts?
Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it. Girls may sext as a joke, as a way of getting attention, or because of peer pressure or pressure from guys. Guys sometimes blame "pressure from friends. And teens get some backup for that when lewd celebrity pictures and videos go mainstream. Instead of ruined careers or humiliation, the consequences are often greater fame and reality TV shows. Teens should understand that messages, pictures, or videos sent via the Internet or smartphones are never truly private or anonymous. In seconds they can be out there for all the world to see. Even if the image, video, or text was only meant for one person, after it's sent or posted, it's out of your teen's control.
Our lives these days are intertwined with our digital devices, for good or for ill. That includes adolescent romantic and sexual relationships of all kinds — happy, tragic, mutual, one-sided, healthy, abusive. And experts say that rather than being shocked to find that kids are sexting, we should instead be talking about it from an early age, just as we should about other aspects of their developing sense of their sexual identities. Her advice to parents is to start talking about sexting — as with so many topics — younger than you think you need to. She suggested that for younger children, the conversations could be simple and could be put in the context of other absolute rules. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show decreasing rates of sexual activity among high school students over the period from to , with the prevalence of having ever had sexual intercourse down from But if early sexual activity is decreasing, though still highly prevalent, digital sexual activity is probably — and not surprisingly — becoming more common. In the new study, researchers looked at data from 39 studies of people under 18 sending and receiving sexually explicit images, videos and messages. Taken together, the studies included data on more than , kids they ranged from These studies included kids of very different ages and asked — and answered — very different questions, a challenge the researchers acknowledged as they pulled together the information on this relatively new and probably rapidly changing set of behaviors.
Channing Smith, a junior at Coffee County Central High School in Manchester, killed himself Sunday night hours after he found out that his peers had seen sexually explicit Facebook messages between him and another male classmate, his family said. The year-old, who wanted to be an engineer and loved motorcycles, punk rock music, and Corvettes, had not openly discussed his sexuality or identified as LGBTQ, according to his girlfriend and brother. Sunday night, freaking out. Channing allegedly got into an argument with another teenager who is close friends with the boy whom he had messaged with.