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 teens report having sent or posted nude pictures or videos of themselves. Here are some other interesting statistics:
- 21% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say they have engaged in "sexting" with someone they wanted to date or hook up with.
- 15% of teens who have sent or posted nude/semi-nude images of themselves say they have done so to someone they only knew online.
- 29% of teens believe those exchanging sexually suggestive content are “expected” to date or hook up.
- 51% of teen girls say pressure from a guy is a reason girls send sexy messages or images
edit: video changed 04/15/09 after previous video link was broken