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.
Teens girls who sext may be more likely to be depressed and anxious
6 Things Teens Do Not Know About Sexting But Should
Subscriber Account active since. For today's teen, sexting is more common than ever before, but researchers are still unsure how the practice of sending and receiving explicit images affects teens, especially female teens, psychologically. New findings presented Friday at the annual meeting of the The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality , suggest whether, but not how frequently, teen girls sext is what matters for their mental health. In the study, which is ongoing, researchers surveyed female students from 14 high schools in Croatia. The students answered survey questions about the number of times in past six months they sent videos, images, or explicit texts. The students were also asked questions about their levels of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, as well as their experiences with peer pressure and their family environments. The researchers found that high school-aged girls who sexted tended to have higher levels of anxiety and depression than those who didn't sext at all.
6 Things Every Teen Needs to Know About 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. However, sometimes teens don't make wise choices about what they're posting, sharing, or texting.
Talk about sexting when you talk about healthy relationships, self-esteem, peer pressure, and sex. Try these questions to start talking:. Contact the site s where the image has been posted and ask for it to be removed. Include this information:. Pictures and messages that were considered private can be shared.