In some teen circles, sexting is an accepted occurrence that happens when people date or are interested in one another. In other instances, it is a one-time lapse in judgment. Regardless of the reason for it, the number of teens using the built-in cameras on their smartphones , iPads, and other electronic devices to take nude or sexually-suggestive pictures is on the rise. But what many teens, and their parents, do not realize are the repercussions that come with these choices.
Sending provocative images over phones is all the rage, but it can go all wrong.
March 13, -- What happened to the time when if you liked a boy at school you'd pass him a note? While year-old Matthew Younger of Maryland says he has never done anything like this himself, he has seen it happen among his peers. No one gives it that much thought really," says Younger. 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.
The mobile phone has become the favored communication hub for the majority of American teens. Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, and cell calling is a close second. Those phones have become indispensable tools in teen communication patterns. Among all teens, their frequency of use of texting has now overtaken the frequency of every other common form of interaction with their friends see chart below. Fully two-thirds of teen texters say they are more likely to use their cell phones to text their friends than talk to them to them by cell phone.
If you have a teen, chances are, they've got a smartphone. A Pew Research Center study found that 95 percent of U. And that means they've got access to apps, leaving you to figure out which ones they should be allowed to have. And there are very real dangers for children, such as a recent and very disturbing WhatsApp suicide challenge.