Teenagers and cell phones seem to go hand-in-hand these days, but a new survey reveals youngsters may be using their cell phone for more than just talking to or texting friends.
It's a trend known as "sexting," which is defined as sending explicit pictures via a cell phone.
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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Cosmogirl.com commissioned a survey among teens and young adults to find out about their electronics use. It is the first published study of its kind to measure the number of teens and young adults sending or posting sexually suggestive texts and photos.
Among the survey's findings:
Fifteen percent of teens surveyed said they have sent sexual photos via cell phone.
Forty-nine percent of teens and young adults say they have sent suggestive texts or emails.
Sixty-six percent of the girls who did so, say they did it to be fun or flirtatious.
Forty-four percent of both teenage girls and boys say it is common for sexually suggestive text messages to get shared with people other than the intended recipient.
The survey was conducted by the research company TRU and sampled a total of 1,280 respondents. 653 teens - ages 13 to 19 and 627 young adults - ages 20 - 26. The sampling was conducted between September 25, 2008 and October 3, 2008.
The National Campaign offers these five tips to help parents talk to their kids about sex and technology.
1. Talk to you kids about what they are doing in cyberspace.
2. Know who your kids are communicating with.
3. Consider limitations on electronic communication.
4. Be aware of what your teens are posting publicly.
5. Set expectations.
Source: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy