Perspective on Sexting: Part I – Teen Culture

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A few weeks ago, we blogged about "sexting", which is the new term for when people send sexual text and picture messages to others.  This has been sweeping the news, especially since some teens have been hit with child pornography charges. CMCH Senior Scientist Dr. Richard Chalfen has been investigating the use of cell phones… Read more »

Sexting = Sexual Texting

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A new trend of sending sexual texts and pictures via cell phone has lead to a number of teens being charged with child pornography.  In addition to the legal questions here, there are several sexual and emotional health concerns. A survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that 20% of… Read more »

A txt a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

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A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights the use of text messages as part of the "telemedicine" wave.  In some countries text messages are cheaper, faster, and more private than phone calls or e-mails, so they present a useful alternative to calling or visiting a health professional.  Text messages are being used all over the… Read more »

Mom? Can You Hear Me Now?

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6.6 million American children between the ages of 8 and 12 own cell phones.  A New York Times article explored some of the reasons why parents purchase cell phones for their kids and what happens when they do. Aside from those who finally cave to their children’s repeated requests for phones, many parents purchase cell… Read more »

25% of Teens Harassed Electronically

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A new survey of teens shows that 1 in 4 are often harassed by peers or significant others over their cell phones or on the Internet.  Text and picture messaging on phones as well as instant messaging and social networking sites on computers are outlets where teens are bullied, often without their parents’ knowledge.  Findings… Read more »