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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Kids don't have to see a magazine to get the idea that you can take a photograph of something s-
    Kids have stuff too, and the stuff works.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bambi

    Only if you like p o r n o, Joey
    I really was trying to elicit a conversation about the ugliness of that industry and the (cause/effect) ramifications.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bambi

    True Joey, but look at the internet, does that NOT make it easier this industry. Kids today are one with their phones, computers, Ipads, ect... like Tv when 'it' came out.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I find it somewhat amusing that Nicole Saidi herself is getting trolled.

    Reporting abuse is a joke.
    Nothing is done.
    I think they look it up, laugh their behinds off, and just leave it there.

    I guess because I don't have an iPhone, I'm just not good enough for CNN to be taken seriously.

    Well, maybe I'll start trolling.
    Why the hell not?
    There's no repercussions, are there?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Parents

    Parents are responsible for their children. To analyze children without taking into consideration their parents is futile and misleading. It's like calling a child who acts-out his homelife in public a "problem child" and cramming ritalin down his throat...the child is NOT at the root of the problem. Duh.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pearl

    @ Parents, True... Monkey see... Monkey Hurt... Monkey act out! The root is where it came from not the result.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I agree.
    Kids are exposed to enough.
    That's why I monitor what my daughter does on her phone, and she doesn't even know it.
    Plus, I raised her right.
    As for magazines and movies and whatnot, I don't own any, and never did.
    There is nothing for my kid to find, because it was never there in the first place.

    I implore you to read what I have just wrote, so I have yet another witness that has a very good memory that I have not, nor ever have, owned p*o*r*n, nor any devices that goes with $€Xplay.
    There are a few on here who will bring that up continuously, even though it's wrong.
    Sorry to put you on the spot, but I trust *your* memory, and by extension, you, explicitly.

    PS. I couldn't resist my little trick. Sorry.
    I have to show off *sometime*!
    And, no, Nicole was wrong. You can't post that word.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    To think that all parents shove Ritalin down their children's throats is disingenuous.

    It isn't true, nor has it ever been true.
    There are some children who benefit from a carefully controlled dosages; usually given to them by the school nurse.

    That being said, behavior modification is the drug-free way to go, if their adhd isn't severe.
    I was lucky enough not to have children afflicted this adhd; my youngest has add/inattentive, but we worked with her and she graduates this year. YAY!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pearl

    Good to know Mamma is watching! Keep up the good work, but always be on guard; the little ones see everything you do.
    @ Joey, Hope you didn't take offense but, this issue has some rough visuals to it, if ya know what I mean?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    You've got it.
    I read your post. I remember most things–too much.
    I learned "facepalm" from you.
    I don't think I ever saw po-
    rn as a kid before it occurred to me that there could be photos of things I wanted to see.
    I drew them myself. I cut and pasted paper.
    Well, I'm creative. 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    However, not banasy at 1:10.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Parents

    Most parents do not feel obliged to point-out how good they are. There are exceptions, but usually it's the one yelling the loudest "I would NEVER inform on ANYONE" that has already ratfinked his friends to save his own sorry ass. Whenever the topic comes-up, his public denials soon follow. If he was so clean, it would be obvious and there would simply be no reason for him to constantly deny guilt let-alone call for a heresay witness as if that would prove him clean.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pearl

    You mean you drew pictures of it, before you saw it in a photo ?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Well, my youngest is 17 now...and if she's watching the things I do, she's bored as hell! 😉

    We always *knew* you were creative; I just had a strange visual of what your "paper dolls" must have looked like! 😀

    December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pearl

    Awww, actually I find it more interesting that Joey could draw what he never saw, please go on Joey... elaborate more.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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