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Sexting: Teens Taking Sex to a New Level With New Technology

As technology advances it appears that it makes it easier for sexual perversion to become more accessible. First it was the internet, but now there is something called “sexting,” which is the combination of two words – “sex” and “texting”. With parents doling out cell phones to teenagers and, sometimes, to even younger children, it should come as no surprise that something like sexting is happening.

What is Sexting

The CBS News article “Sexting Shockingly Common Among Teens” reported that a nationwide survey by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy estimated that about 20% of teenagers admit to participating in sexting, which is sending and receiving nude pictures via text messages on a cell phone. If a teenager is caught sexting and turned to the authorities, he runs the risk of being charged with a felony. If the person in the picture is identified and found, he too runs the risk of being charged with a felony as well.

In Pennsylvania three teenage girls faced charges for manufacturing and possessing child pornography; while two teenage boys faced charges for possessing child pornography after the girls reportedly took semi-nude or nude photographs of themselves and then showed the pictures to male students at school, wrote Mike Bunker in the article “Sexting Surpirse: Teens Face Child Porn Charges” on MSNBC.com.

School officials became privy of the situation when they caught a male student using a cell phone on campus and discovered the nude pictures and that is when the authorities got involved. While conducting their investigation the police discovered more pictures on campus via sexting. It isn’t clear whether the teens will do jail time or not, however they will more than likely have to register as sex offenders for the next 10 years of their lives.

Sexting and Suicide

Not only are there life changing consequences to sexting like spending time behind bars, but there are also life ending consequences as well. Like the story of Jesse Logan, a young girl who took nude pictures of herself and sent them to her boyfriend. However, when they broke up, he sent the pictures to other girls at their high school who, in turn, began to harass Jesse, calling her horrific names.

Jesse went to her local television station to tell her story because she didn’t want any other person to experience what she had gone through. Then, one month later, Jesse Logan hanged herself. She was only 18 years old. Jesse’s mother was devastated by the loss of her only child and has carried on her daughter’s legacy by talking about the dangers of sexting.

Statistics On Teenage Sexting

Initially, cyber perversion was only on the computer, but now it has come a little closer, it is now as close to a person as their phone. In the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy survey, it has shown that 22% of teenage girls and 18% of teenage boys have posted or sent a nude or semi-nude picture of themselves to another person. Eleven per cent of those teenage girls were ages 13-16.

Sexting isn’t limited to just pictures or videos. It can be sexually explicit messages as well. The same survey above shows that 37% of teenage girls and 40% of teenage boys participate in this particular type of sexting. Forty-four percent of the teenagers polled admitted that the pictures that get sexted end up getting shared with someone besides the person it was originally intended for.

Parents need to watch what is happening on the cell phones their children are using. There are monitoring programs for cell phones so that parents can keep a close eye on their teenagers to make sure that there is no sexting-type activity going on. The world has enough tragedy going on in it as it is, so the last thing the world needs is repeated cases of what happened to Jesse Logan.

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