As if parents don’t have enough to deal with once their teens’ hormones start kicking in.
Apparently, “sexting” is the new flirting, according to some experts.
Research compiled in a new article in Pediatrics found that texting sexual images has become increasingly common among teenagers in the United States.
That’s not completely surprising, considering teens are using cellphones more than ever.
But in 39 studies featuring more than 110,000 teens, researchers found that more than a quarter of teens (27.4%) have received a sext and 14.8% have sent one.
Boys and girls sext equally, but the older teens get, the more likely they are to be involved in sexting, the authors found.
And in some states, teens risk more than just embarrassment if the photos get out. Twenty-three states allow authorities to prosecute sexting between teens as the production of child pornography.