Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it. Girls may sext as a joke, as a way of getting attention, or because of peer pressure or pressure from guys. Guys sometimes blame "pressure from friends. And teens get some backup for that when lewd celebrity pictures and videos go mainstream. Instead of ruined careers or humiliation, the consequences are often greater fame and reality TV shows. Teens should understand that messages, pictures, or videos sent via the Internet or smartphones are never truly private or anonymous. In seconds they can be out there for all the world to see. Even if the image, video, or text was only meant for one person, after it's sent or posted, it's out of your teen's control.
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What appears to be a common exchange between a young couple has had life-changing results for a year-old boy in North Carolina who was caught sending nude pictures to his girlfriend, both of whom were 16 at the time. According to the Daily Mail , the teen now faces being placed on the sexual offenders registry. Police officials in North Carolina have charged Cormega Copening with sexual exploitation of a minor because he and his girlfriend exchanged nude photos of themselves during their relationship. Police found the photos while searching Copening's phone for an unrelated reason. The teen, the starting quarterback of his high school, claims the photos were never sent to anyone else. He now faces decades on the sex offender registry and up to ten years in prison if convicted. Copening's girlfriend also faces similar charges, according to ABC This isn't the first time a teen was charged with child pornography for sending nude photos.
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Teenagers are drafted into a sexual culture that rests on a harmful premise: On the heterosexual field, boys typically play offense and girls play defense. An analysis of nearly accounts from to year-old girls about their negative experiences with sexting found that over two-thirds had been asked for explicit images. As one research participant explained about being pressured by her boyfriend, with the shorthand and spelling errors of a texting teenager:. Now he threarens to send them out if i dont send hin more really nasty pics. The stuff i have to do is unbelievable. Other research has found that while both boys and girls send naked images, boys are nearly four times as likely to pressure girls to send sexts as girls are to pressure boys to do so. In the wider culture, it appears we have suddenly come to the limit of our tolerance for the sexualized abuse of power by adult men. A logical next step is to recalibrate some of the toxic norms that have taken hold among teenagers. Most schools and many parents already tell teenagers not to send sexualized selfies. It is of course true that simply declaring a new behavioral code will not erase a problem.
THE image of the testosterone-fueled teenage boy is a familiar one. But are boys that age really defined primarily by their sexual urges? Or does the stereotype fall short, telling us less about teenage males and more about a culture that seems to have consistently low expectations of its boys? A new report in The Journal of Adolescence this month suggests that when it comes to sex, girls and dating, boys are more complex than we typically give them credit for. Psychology researchers from the State University of New York at Oswego recently examined data collected from 10th-grade boys, average age 16, who answered questions about a number of health behaviors. In questions put to them about girls most of the boys self-identified as heterosexual , the teenagers were asked to note their reasons for pursuing a relationship. The top answer, marked by 80 percent of the boys? Physical attraction and wanting to get to know someone better were tied as the second-most-popular answers.