Print article. Your tween daughter is so self-conscious about her body that getting her into a dressing room to try on her first bra required the slippery recruiting skills of a veteran MI5 spy. In a logical world, there would be no reason to imagine that any of these kids is snapping photos of their nascent naked naughty bits and texting them to others. Sexting in middle school sounds crazy. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anonymously surveyed more than 1, middle school students in Los Angeles, 20 percent reported having received a sext. And a random sampling of 1, users of the Internet safety tool Bark found that 5 percent of sixth through eighth graders exchanged sexually explicit material electronically with another person.
Not my kid!
What is Sexting?
By Ave Mince-Didier. Sexting is the sharing of suggestive or explicit photos by electronic means, usually by text message. In states such as Michigan that have no specific legislation dealing with this issue, sexting between teenagers can be prosecuted under child pornography laws, which are intended to severely punish adults who exploit children. Teens that engage in sexting can also suffer other consequences. For example, a middle school in Grand Rapids suspended four students for sharing a topless photo; included among those suspended was the student who took and texted the photo, which depicted herself. Although reliable estimates are hard to come by, sexting is thought to be common among teenagers. Some estimates say as many as one in five teens have sent nude or suggestive photos of themselves to others. Nonetheless, sending nude photos is illegal if the person depicted is younger than
Law enforcement say they're investigating a lot of cases of nude photos being used for blackmail or other forms of control. But Gearman says it is something every parent needs to be aware of, perhaps even earlier than many people might think. But Captain Gearman says teens are not the only people sending and using nude pictures for control. Hegg says parents should outline their rights in a contract with their teen before they ever start using a cellphone.
In April, residents of Louisa County, Va. When Hanna Rosin asked teens from Louisa County High School how many people they knew who had sexted, a lot of them replied: "Everyone. In her report on the Louisa County scandal for The Atlantic, Rosin set out to address the question, why are so many teenagers sending each other nude photos? How much does teen sexting have to do with actual sex? How should parents, and communities, respond? And how do child pornography laws apply? But by the law any picture of a minor is illegal and so they just ask the girl[s] who they call in for interviews, "Well, do you know anyone else who has naked pictures on their phone? And remember: This is a relatively small town so people are trusting the police officers.