What’s on your kid’s cell phone? This may surprise you but if they’re like a lot of high school kids, your child may have nude photos or even video of sex acts on their phones.
For years, the NBC10 Investigators have been warning parents of dangers of Sexting. Now a new study about Sexting in High School has been released. It was written by four researchers, including Dr. Donald Strassberg of University of Utah, and published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Their study shows some alarming statistics. For example, out of more than 600 high school students studied, on average more than 17 percent of female students had sent sexual explicit photos, and more than 30 percent had received them. And the numbers for male students were even more staggering, more than 18 percent had sent sexually explicit cell phone pics and just about half of them had received sexts.
Dr. Nicole Lipkin, who has published books about the “Y” generation and their use of social media, says parents should talk to their kids about sexting but not in a confrontational way. She says it’s a good time to “discuss with your child what’s going on with their lives” and talk to them about the long term consequences of Sexting.
She also says your kids may not realize what can happen by texting something sexual and the harm it can bring to their reputation.
“It can be devastating,” said Lipkin. “You’re not just having a sex talk anymore, you have to talk about communications and social media in general.”