Mia, 13, was duped into sending sexual photographs to someone she met online, who she has now found out is an adult posing as someone else. Charities including the NSPCC and Meic - a helpline for younger people in Wales - are concerned more young people are sharing naked images of themselves. The charities believe a significant increase in the time teenagers are spending online and a lack of face-to-face interaction has added to the pressure. Ms Azad added: "Speaking about the consequences is so important because this is the time that they can be exploited. The charities said most cases were believed to involve 14 to year-olds, with a lot of people cropping out their heads from photographs. However, Ms Azad said they often forget about other identifiable markers such as wallpaper, birth marks or piercings.
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Today's teens are always connected. They live out their lives online and in the public eye. They share photos on Instagram, tweet live from concerts, and message their friends instead of calling. However, sometimes teens don't make wise choices about what they're posting, sharing, or texting. Unfortunately, one impulsive decision can affect their lives for years to come. Although statistics on sexting varies, a report in the June edition of JAMA Pediatrics revealed that at least one in seven teens engages in sexting. Yet many teens don't realize that sexting has serious consequences. A Drexel University study found that the majority of teens aren't aware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting. Here are six major dangers of sexting.
What teenagers wish their parents knew about sexting
Raymond Arthur does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Young people have always explored their sexuality and shared these experiences with others. A lot of these young people will then go on to share these images with someone they know. These figures, suggest that sharing self-generated sexual images has become just another way for young people to express their sexual selves.
Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it. Girls may sext as a joke, as a way of getting attention, or because of peer pressure or pressure from guys. Guys sometimes blame "pressure from friends.