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Sexting teens: It’s not that bad!

Nudity, sex and porn aren’t priorities for most kids.

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For every parent who has taken the plunge and allowed their child access to a cell phone, and then fretted about the headlines: “School cell phone sex pics shock”, or “MXit porn shared in classroom”, there’s good news: Research has shown that only 7% of children ages 10 to 17 created, appeared in or received a sexually suggestive photo in the past year, according to Health24.

Your child, despite your fears, is more likely to be talking about the weather, playing online games, or entering competitions than exploring the cellular underworld, or converting your house into a virtual Playboy Mansion.

7% is not to be sneezed at, and that the research included kids from the age of 10 sounds worrying, but that it includes older teens skews even that figure, as many children become sexually active from the age of sixteen onwards.

Parenting or policing?
You’re the parent, so you still get to choose your cell phone security measures, such as monitoring usage, cell phone “curfews” (your child hands their phone to you at a certain time each day) or blocking specific sites on the handset, but, if everything seems innocent if you do happen to check, it probably is!

That, an analyst says, is good news. Teens are aware of the dangers of sending their girlfriend/boyfriend explicit pics, only to have the relationship fall apart, and there’s the general consesnsus amongst kids that it’s not appropriate behaviour. That said, it remains a crime to distribute sexually explicit pictures of minors, so if you do have fears that your child is doing that, warn them that there could be dire consequences.

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By: Scott Dunlop

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