Sexting is known as the sharing of sexually explicit images and videos through the internet or via electronic devices such as smartphones. One in seven teens report that they are sending sexts, and one in four are receiving sexts, according to our study of over , teens from around the world published today, Monday Feb. In the U. Sexting over the last decade has been on the rise, which is consistent with the rapid growth in the availability and ownership of smartphones. Our team conducted a meta-analysis of the research literature, drawing from 39 research studies on teen sexting internationally between and We found that approximately 15 per cent of teens are sending sexts.
Teen sexting associated with delinquency, mental health issues, study finds
Cause for Concern: Teenage Sexting and Social Media
A broad analysis of 23 studies on adolescent sexual behaviours, involving 41, participants, revealed that teen sexting is associated with a bevy of risk factors for youth, including multiple sexual partners, lack of contraception use, and mental health problems like anxiety, depression, delinquent behaviour and substance use. The University of Calgary-led study, published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics , indicates the need for educational campaigns that raise awareness around issues of digital health, safety and conduct, to help youth navigate their personal, social and sexual development in a digital world. It is common and on the rise," says Dr. We also know that the majority of youth are not talking about this at home. Forty-nine per cent of parents have no intention of talking to youth about their online or offline sexual health. So, it's really the flip of a coin as to whether youth are going to learn about safe, legal and ethical digital practices for their parents.
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Sexting now viewed as social norm among teenagers, researcher warns
One of the most difficult issues I see today for parents is sexting —the sending of sexually explicit messages, pictures, or videos via text message. Children are using devices more than ever to connect with one another. Many of the apps that children use to communicate are rapidly changing and unfamiliar to adults. The lack of familiarity can create a sense of helplessness for many parents, which may make this issue a particularly difficult and scary one. To begin with, one should consider why children sext.
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A new Canadian study is one of the first that looks at what the increase in sexting means for our kids. Kim Smith explains. A new study out of the University of Calgary, published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics , found teen sexting is associated with delinquency, sexual behaviours and mental-health issues. The research involved the analysis of studies from around the world, conducted between and , and involved nearly 42, teenagers.