Younger students are no different than their older peers when it comes to sexting, a new study reports. More high school students are sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages or photos, and that makes them more likely to engage in other types of sexual activity as well. Now researchers say the same trends are trickling down to younger students in middle school. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that a significant number of adolescents between ages 12 and 14 sext, and that these children are more likely to kiss, have oral sex or sexual intercourse than their counterparts who did not send such explicit messages. The study surveyed seventh grade students from five urban public middle schools in Rhode Island. 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.
Nudes are not an invention of the digital era—any art museum is proof of that. But the Internet sure has encouraged us to take the art of sexting to places our parents could have never imagined. AIM introduced the concept of cyber-flirting. Chatroulette gamified it. Snapchat pulled off a vanishing act. Eggplant emojis provided a short hand for requests. The AirDropped dick pic epidemic assaulted our inboxes.
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She is also taking legal action against the man who allegedly posted the picture in what lawyers claim is the first case of its kind in the UK. A lawyer for the teenager, who cannot be named because of her age, compared the publishing of the photo to a method of child abuse. The girl is seeking damages for misuse of private information, negligence and breach of the Data Protection Act. Her photograph was said to have been posted on a so-called shame page on Facebook several times between November and January A lawyer for Facebook argued the claim for damages should be dismissed, saying the company always took down the picture when it was notified.