Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others. It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device. The first published use of the term sexting was in a article in the Australian Sunday Telegraph Magazine. Sexting has become more common with the rise in camera phones and smartphones with Internet access, that can be used to send explicit photographs as well as messages. Young adults use the medium of the text message much more than any other new media to transmit messages of a sexual nature,  and teenagers who have unlimited text messaging plans are more likely to receive sexually explicit texts. As a result of sexting being a relatively recent practice, ethics are still being established by both those who engage in it and those who create legislation based on this concept.
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Be sure your teen knows the risks of sexting
Today's teens are always connected. They live out their lives online and in the public eye. They share photos on Instagram, tweet live from concerts, and message their friends instead of calling. But sometimes teens don't make wise choices about what they're posting, sharing, or texting. And, one impulsive decision can affect their lives for years to come. Although statistics on sexting varies, a report in the June edition of JAMA Pediatrics revealed that at least one in seven teens engages in sexting. Yet, many teens don't realize that sexting has serious consequences. A Drexel University study found that the majority of teens aren't aware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting.
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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.
New York, Dec 11 ANI : A new survey has discovered that more and more teen girls are sending out scantily dressed pictures of themselves to guys through cyberspace, without fear of them being made public. According to the survey, more than 20 per cent teenagers have admitted to e-mailing or texting nude, or semi-nude photos and posting them on online. While most snaps are meant solely for the recipient, research shows that they often get passed around among friends with one-third of teen boys, and one-quarter of teen girls saying they have seen other people's raunchy shots. When the online survey was conducted, 1, teens and those in their 20s were questioned about their sex-tech habits, and it was revealed that saucy cyber snaps was not a fad only with the teenage girls. The trend was also seen in one in five male teenagers who say they have engaged in "sex-ting", while thirty-three percent of to year-olds say they do it as well. The online behaviour can spill into other areas of life, with nearly 25 percent of teens saying swapping sexy photos makes them more aggressive and forward in person. About 33 percent admit it makes dating and hooking up more likely. For Quick Alerts. Subscribe Now. For Daily Alerts.