05 Dec '11, 11am

Few teens sexting racy photos, new US research shows

Few teens sexting racy photos, new US research shows

Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests. -- PHOTO: SINGLE MOMMYHOOD CHICAGO (AP) - Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests. Only 1 per cent of kids aged 10 to 17 have shared images of themselves or others that involve explicit nudity, an United States study found. Roughly the same number said they'd shared suggestive but less graphic photos; while 7 per cent said they'd received either type of picture. The research suggests texting of sexual photos among younger kids is extremely rare but more common among older teens. The results are reassuring, showing that teen sexting isn't rampant, usually isn't malicious, and is generally not something parents should panic over, said lead author Kimberly Mitchell, a research assistant...

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