Other problematic behaviours such as drug and alcohol abuse was also highlighted as being potentially associated with sexting — the exchange of sexual messages, photographs, or videos. The researchers continued, saying that it is difficult to determine whether sending or receiving sexually explicit messages directly led to any of the negative outcomes, or if sexting is just one of several risky acts a teenager is already more inclined to take chances might engage with. These could include many things such as personality, environmental variables, and even biological factors. However, relationship expert James Preece says that for many teenagers sexting can be a gateway to other "risky" behaviour.
6 Things Every Teen Needs to Know About Sexting
Secret Sexting Codes Teens Are Using -- Texting Codes For Sex
Teen sexting is increasingly normal behavior, and kids have developed Internet shorthand to keep their parents in the dark about it. Photo via Shutterstock. Last fall, a Michigan prosecuting attorney began making the rounds of metro Detroit high schools letting kids know that increasingly normal behavior — sexting — could land them in jail for a long time. Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper stepped up her education efforts after nearly three dozen Rochester area teens faced felony charges after circulating nude photos on their cell phones. Cooper backs reform of laws that require Michigan prosecutors to charge sexting teens under the same statutes intended to prosecute pedophiles. But in the meantime, she wants kids to be aware of the serious legal consequences of activity that a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found is a "normal" part of adolescent sexual development.
'Sexting': A Disturbing New Teen Trend?
In September last year many British news sources reported the story of a 14 year-old boy from the north of England who had been placed on a police intelligence database for sending a naked selfie of himself to his girlfriend. Because the boy was only 14, this was recorded as a crime of making and distributing an indecent image of a child, despite the fact that the 'child' in this particular instance was the boy himself. The boy, who for legal reasons was not named in the news stories, took a photograph of himself in his bedroom and then sent it to a girl at his school using an app on his mobile phone called Snapchat.
Between TBH to be honest and lit, it's nearly impossible to keep up with the lingo that teens are using on their smartphones. Unfortunately, more and more code words are popping up that allow teens to secretly send vulgar message even under the watch of their parents. Luckily, there's a list for parents to keep track of to stay in the loop. According to the Daily Mail , the Humberside Police in the United Kingdom handed out a sexting code sheet cheat to worried parents to help protect their children from secretly exchanging explicit messages. Although we haven't seen a copy of it, the Daily Mail and other news sites say the sheet contains acronyms like "IWSN" meaning "I want sex now" and "PAW," which is used to alert message receivers that parents are watching.