December 5th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Sexting may not be as widespread as thought, study says

Few minors are appearing in, creating or sharing sexually explicit images, according to a new study that counters recent research depicting "sexting" as a more widespread phenomenon for American youth.

The study, released Monday by the journal Pediatrics, found that 1% of minors over the age of 10 had taken explicit pictures of themselves or someone else and that 5.9% had received such images, according to the authors, researchers from the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

In all, 9.6% of minors between 10 and 17 reported appearing in, creating or receiving "sexually suggestive" images that didn't necessarily involve nudity, the study said.

"In the face of some widely cited, but flawed, studies claiming to show as many as 1 in 5 youth 'involved in sexting' these results are to some extent reassuring," the authors said. "Only a low percentage of young people are appearing in or creating sexting images that could be considered illegal child pornography. Moreover, few of these images were being forwarded or posted, situations that could put youth at risk for having their images circulated online."

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  1. BOMBO

    And here's Bimbo's birthday song. It actually has very little to do with birthdays, everything to do with the clown. Why would you sing your own theme song, anyway? Shouldn't a bunch of other puppets be doing it?

    December 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @JIF and banasy

    We are amused with this exchange.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat ( in a hat )

    My take on the se xting issue is it's the 21st century of I'll show you mine, if you show me yours.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat ( in a hat )

      21st century version

      December 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ bobcat (iah):
    Thank you!

    December 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ BOMBO:
    I tried, but I got "domain does not exist."

    December 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Oh no! It's been deleted? The horror! Actually, I can't get video on the computer at work, I'll have to recheck it from home.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    And where is President l.i.t.?

    December 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    Somehow, I failed to catch your post (to Parents?) about lies and my having been on the receiving end of them before.
    What you said was true.
    Who is Parents?
    Wie ist Sylvia?

    December 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Philip is Parents.

    December 6, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nadia

    to me, bloated today, sninky tomorrow like it was no big deal 🙂 Besides, I like having a full tummy!I love that you brought up this article! xo

    August 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
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