More concerning, say the scientists, was that sexting was associated with a higher likelihood of sexual behaviors such as touching genitals, oral sex, and vaginal sex. Just because she likes dresses doesn't mean she can't like skateboards too. Younger students are no different than their older peers when it comes to sexting, a new study reports. Whether they solicit the help of such high tech aids, however, parents can discourage sexting by being more aware of what their pre-teens and teens are sharing and seeing on social media. And it certainly wasn't the first time. Unpacking that attitude internally and changing the ways we interact with teen girls to be more respectful, understanding and empathetic is crucial.
On fan pages, forums and sites like Tumblr, girls can share in their obsession, participating in discussions and forging new friendships. In San Diego, dozens of students from San Dieguito Union High School District are facing possible criminal charges after teen girls sent naked photos of themselves to their boyfriends, which were then shared among six different high schools and one middle school.
Feminist writer and activist Bailey Poland says such discussions of teen girls often seem to be ripped from 19th and early 20th century attitudes about female "hysteria.
Sexting in Middle School Means More Sex for Preteens and Teens
If you go to see this movie you're a complete xxxxing idiot. And even though his high school talks to students about bullying in substance abuse, he says sexting has never been discussed or punished. That could make adolescents who may not be mature enough to understand the possible consequences of exchanging sexually explicit messages vulnerable to sexual predators, say the study authors. The male species is allowed all manner of violent, creepy, ludicrous and degrading movie tropes, and while we may not embrace them as high art, no one questions them seriously as entertainment. On fan pages, forums and sites like Tumblr, girls can share in their obsession, participating in discussions and forging new friendships.