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The current global pandemic has greatly constrained the way people are able to interact with each other. Schools in the U. That is especially true when it comes to romantic relationships. A teacher friend of mine recently relayed a story about one of his high school students who had figured out a way to meet up with his ificant other despite the stay-at-home mandate. This worked for several weeks until a teacher finally noticed the pattern of the two always arriving and leaving together.
Kids are nothing if not resourceful. While I cannot comment definitively on whether sexting among teens has increased over the last few months, I can say that it does seem to have increased over the last few years. Absent the ability to connect in person, youth might turn to technology to achieve some level of intimacy. Anecdotally, there is some speculation that sexting the sharing of explicit images has increased during the pandemic as teens seek to satisfy their sexual desires from a distance.
In both and we collected data from middle and high school students from across the U. One of those was sexting. We published a paper last year with a detailed look at our sexting data. Boys and older students were more likely to have sent and received sexts. We asked these same questions among our student sample in Generally speaking we found comparable .
Relatively few students were exchanging sexually explicit images Among year-olds in our sample, A just-released report from the United Kingdom also using data from showed similar findings on that side of the Atlantic. Seventeen percent of the year-olds reported that they had sent a nude image to others.
When comparing more directly our and data, we found that all sexting behaviors had increased during that period though not dramatically. Not only had more students sent and received sexts, but more had asked others for sexts, been asked for sexts, and shared sexts without permission see chart below. The largest increase seems to have been in the extent to which young people are being asked to share sexts from That means nearly one in four middle and high school students has been asked by someone to send them a sexually explicit image.
Again, overall these s are still relatively low , but the fact that they are increasing is cause for concern. Another, potentially worse problem that showed an increase, is the unauthorized sharing of explicit images.
The percentage of youth who said they shared an image with someone else, without the permission of the original sender, increased from 4. Similarly, those who believed an image they had sent to another was shared with someone else without their permission increased from 4. Private images that are shared beyond their original target is one of the worst outcomes of sexting, with potentially ificant and irreversible emotional and reputational ramifications. It is critical that parents talk to their children about sexting.
In fact, it is probably more likely these impulses will only become more intense with distance. Without guidance they may be inclined to satiate their urges in ways that may create ificant problems later on. Teens need to realize that once they send an image to another person, they have lost complete control over who might see it and where it might end up.
Ask your child how they would feel if a nude or nearly nude image they sent ended up being shared with others or worse, posted online. Some states are finally beginning to realize that child pornography statutes are not the best way to handle the vast majority of teen sexting behaviors see all state sexting laws here.
For predators who groom, manipulate, and pressure to send explicit images, implicating the formal law may be necessary. But most teen sexting involves the willing exchange of images with a romantic partner. from our research do not match the rhetoric in some media articles that teen sexting is a widespread out-of-control problem. Messages like that actually serve to encourage more than discourage the behavior. Stressing this reality can help empower teens to say no when asked for a sext, and might make it less likely that someone would ask for one in the first place.
They could send flirty or suggestive photos, for example, instead of explicit ones. They should avoid sending any images that could be connected to them directly by obscuring their face or other identifiable features. Just like trying to prevent them from being with each other during a pandemic, they will find a way. Something more thoughtful needs to be considered. A comprehensive evidence-based sex education curriculum has demonstrated success at reducing teen sex and pregnancy.
Perhaps it is time to consider a similar strategy if we would like to stem the rising tide of teen sexting. Facebook Research provided support to collect some of the data presented in this post. Save my name, , and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Post comment. Facebook opens in new window Twitter opens in new window YouTube opens in new window Rss opens in new window Pinterest opens in new window Instagram opens in new window Tumblr opens in new window.
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