12/07/2011 2:30 PM ET |
Filed under: Tech Talk
Teen sexting has become a problem over the past couple of years, but studies show that the amount of sexts and/or images that kids are sending has lowered over the years.
Only 2.5% of kids aged 10 to 17 admit to sexting, and or creating or appearing in explicit photos or videos. Even fewer produce images that are considered pornoography.
A researcher at the Crimes Against Children Research Center said:
"Many of these are very benign pictures" — of kids who might strike a sexual pose, but who remain clothed, often wearing bathing suits or underwear."
When researchers asked 1,560 youths nationwide, they asked about excited of "nude or nearly nude" images of minors in the last year. This is what they found:
• 1.8% created such images of themselves; just five kids (0.3%) said they appeared in someone else's photos; and six (0.4%) said they photographed someone else.
• 1.3% said they appeared in or created images that showed naked breasts, genitals or bottoms.
Thankfully, the problem isn't as bad as we had thought, but it doesn't mean it's still not out there. Parents need to teach their children the dangers behind sexting and sending pics through their phone/over the internet.
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: kids, pornography, sexting, statistics, teens, texting