Drexel Sexting Study: Majority of Kids Exchange Sexually Explicit Texts

And they also don’t realize that they could go to jail for it.

drexel-sexting-studyDrexel University just released a new study that finds that the majority of minors engage in sexting, much to the horror of parents everywhere.

The study, “Youth Sexting: Prevalence Rates, Driving Motivations, and the Deterrent Effect of Legal Consequences,” was published online by the journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Researchers surveyed undergraduate students about their teenage sexting behaviors, and more than half reported sending or receiving sexually explicit messages via text.

Researchers also found that the students were largely unaware of potential legal consequences of sexting. In some areas, underaged sexters can be prosecuted for child pornography or other offenses.

“This is a scary and disturbing combination,” said Drexel researcher David DeMatteo in a statement. “Given the harsh legal penalties sometimes associated with youth sexting and the apparent frequency with which youth are engaging in it, the lack of comprehension regarding such penalties presents a serious problem.”

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  • phillysportsfan

    the idea that we live in a free country is a complete joke.

  • justthetruth

    An article not long ago seemed to imply that sexting among teen agers was not all that bad, but it would be really bad if it got to be viewed by a 50 year old – of course nobody wants that – but how about this: the images and messages are viewed by an 8 or 9 year old – how would the parents of the teenage “sexters” feel about that….and I’m sure it’s happened.