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Teen Sexting

Parents of teens have valid concerns about sexting, when teens send sexually suggestive texts and nude pictures over their cell phones or via the internet in video chat rooms and social network sites. These resources will help teenagers and their parents understand sexting, the articles give advice on how to help teens avoid problems associated with sexting and what the current laws for sexting are.

Teen Sexting: How to Prevent Your Teen from Engaging in Sexting
Sexting means teens use their cell phones to have sexual intimacy with their partners. But unlike phone sex, cell phones come with cameras where minor children - teens - can take lewd pictures of themselves and send them them through the phone. Here is how parents can prevent sexting from happening.

Teen Sexting – What Should the Laws Be?
A place for parents to have their voices heard about teen sexting laws.

Parenting Teens Contracts Cell Phone Use
This Cell Phone Contract is for parents to use with their teenager when they want to make the rules and responsibilities of have a cell phone clear to their teenager. It has a provision on not taking or sending nude text messages.

Getting Teen Daughter to Stop Sexting
A parent seeks advice on what to do to stop her teen from sexting. Read what parenting advice she received from Denise the guide and what our community of parents had to say. Also, you can offer your opinions on this post.

Hope Witsell's Suicide, Have Parents Learned Anything From It?
Now back to Hope Witsell, she sent a picture and was teen sexting with her boyfriend. The picture went viral and she began to get harassed, by everyone in her school. She was cyberbullied to the point that there was a 'Hope Hater Page' on MySpace... read more.

How to Keep Your Teen From Becoming an Online Porn Star
Sometimes boyfriends/girlfriends who are involved with heavy petting and/or sex, talk their partners into taking pictures which are then shared with friends. It doesn’t take long for these pictures to then be distributed throughout the Net. You can protect your teen from this kind of exposure, which can do irreparable harm to his/her self-esteem...

Sexting - Teens Putting Sex and Texting Together
Sexting is explained, along with some general information on teens sexting.

Federal, State Laws About Sexting
For teens, the consequences of sexting are the same for adults in most states, but could also prevent students from receiving college scholarships, job offers, in addition to the embarrasment of having your nude photographs floating around the Internet.

Sexting Teens from Psychology Today
While many teens openly admit that they know it's wrong to post these sexual photos, they feel the odds of getting caught are so low that they are willing to run the risk.

Teen Sexting, Lawmakers Work to Avoid Turning Kids into Criminals
Sending out explicit photos from their cellphones can wreck the lives of teens, but experts say lawmakers who seek to tackle the issue often run into unintended consequences of their own.

Teenage Sexting Statistics
Should parents be concerned about sexting? Yes, especially when you read some of the sexting statistics here. Kids are sexting to people they only met online, they are sexting to boyfriends and girlfriends or potential companions.

Sexting in Schools Could Get Students Expelled | NBC Bay Area
To the list of offenses which can get students expelled from school in California, the state Legislature is adding sexting.

Risky sexting by teens doesn't necessarily make them child pornographers
Under current Victorian law in the UK, young people who send sexually explicit images of themselves or other minors using their phones or the internet may face consequences that have a major and lasting impact on their lives.

'Sexting' Teens Can Go Too Far
The dangerous combination of teenagers behaving provocatively and impulsively is not new, but the accessibility to the technology is. With cell phone cameras, they have been handed a tool so easy to use for some it's impossible to pass up.

Her Teen Committed Suicide Over 'Sexting'
The image was blurred and the voice distorted, but the words spoken by a young Ohio woman are haunting. She had sent nude pictures of herself to a boyfriend. When they broke up, he sent them to other high school girls. The girls were harassing her, calling her a slut and a whore. She was miserable and depressed, afraid even to go to school.

Teen Sexting Tips
“Sexting” usually refers to teens sharing nude photos via cellphone, but it’s happening on other devices and the Web too. The practice can have serious legal and psychological consequences, so – teens and adults – consider these tips!

Sexting and teenagers: Educate or prosecute?
Sexting among teens has stirred parents, schools and law enforcement to push for more education, and in some cases, prosecution. What do you think is the best deterrent?

Sexting Teens Twice as Likely to Be Depressed
High school students who sext — the term for texting sexually suggestive or explicit messages or photos — are more likely to be depressed, a new study reveals.

Sexting Teens: More Prevalent Than You Think! - Technorati Lifestyle
In a study of 23,000 students from 24 of 26 high schools in the greater Boston area, teens involved with sexting were found more likely to have reported being psychologically distressed, depressed and/or even suicidal. But then sexting can include overtones of bullying and coercion.

NCPC FactSheet on Sexting
Sexting is sending sexually explicit text or photographs via mobile devices. Sometimes teens share the photographs voluntarily, but at other times teens may be coerced into taking or sending the photographs. Once the photos are sent, some kids use them to bully, harass, intimidate, or embarrass victims online or via mobile devices.

Public against making teen sexting a crime - UPI.com
Most U.S. adults do not support legal consequences for teens who engage in sexting -- sending sexually explicit photos via cellphone, a survey indicates.

'Sexting': A Disturbing New Teen Trend? : NPR
"They sat me down at the table and they said, 'We have pictures of your daughter and another girl naked, do you want to see them?' " Ed Nielsen says. "And I said, 'No I don't want to see that!' "

How to Prevent Teenagers from Sexting and Protect Them
With the ubiquity of ever more powerful cell phones, sexting has become an increasing concern for the parents of teenagers and preteens. This article describes how you can protect your child from the dangers of sexting, an activity that has major implications for long-term internet reputation and electronic privacy.

Florida eases penalties for teen sexting - CNN
"When our child pornography laws were written, they failed to take into account advances in technology, such as cell phones," Abruzzo said in a statement published on the website of CNN affiliate WPBF in West Palm Beach. "(This bill) modernizes these laws to ensure that children's lives are not ruined due to youthful indiscretion. This reform will let our youth know that such behavior is wrong without labeling them sex offenders for the rest of their lives."

Are Your Teens Sexting?
“Only 44 percent of adults support fines, and 20 percent or fewer believe that sexting should be treated as a sex crime or that sexting offenders should be prosecuted under sexual abuse laws,” said Davis.

Teens and 'Sexting': What You Need to Know About the New Trend
According to Cox Communications, nearly 20 percent of teens have sent, received, or forwarded a sexually explicit text or picture message, sometimes with dire consequences. Why is this happening? It starts with the technology.

Sexting: Teen Opinion Essay from Teen Ink
The incidents of sexting have dramatically increased in the past few years; 20 percent of teens said they had sent a sexting message, according to a 2008 study commissioned by the National ­Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Cosmogirl.com.

Sexting, Teenagers and the Law
When people such as Brett Favre or Anthony text pictures of their, uh, assets, it may be creepy but it's perfectly legal. However, when people under age 18 are involved in such activities, child pornography laws come into play.

Teen Sexting Driven by Peer Pressure, Says Study
We've all heard of young people being pressured to drink, do drunks and have sex - but sexting? That's a new peer-pressure-practice to add to the books and to be filed under the digital age.

How Often Are Teens Arrested for Sexting? Data From a National Sample
This research empirically examines police-investigated sexting cases based on data gathered from interviews with investigators about a nationally representative sample of 675 sexting cases in 2008 and 2009.

Teens "Sexting" Are Responsible with Technology
Many children are responsible with technology and understand how it’s distributed, especially those coming into the world now. They know that whatever goes on the internet is permanent. Sadly, a good portion of the current youth populace seems to have little regard for the privacy and personal safety of their peers.

Help Protect Your Child's Online Reputation From Damage
References to sexting in mainstream society only date back to 2006. It is a newer concept that appears to be directly correlated with the emergence of faster mobile networks, more sophisticated phones (with photo and video cameras and different messaging options), and the increasing availability of these networks and devices to teens.

Teen sexting: it's illegal, but it's in every high school
Many schools have chosen to handle the matter internally and have not notified police - despite child pornography laws being broken.

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