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. Pearl

    Opps, sorry didn't mean to butt in; Joeys' post just caught my eye.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Parents

    "Attention Deficit Disorder" came AFTER mind-altering pharrmaceuticals and dangerous chemicals became widely available, not before. Brain damage is one of the side-effect warnings given by those who make pharmaceuticals. If they couldn't cause brain damage, there would be no need to include brain damage right up there with weight gain as a side effect..

    December 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I must most respectfully disagree.
    It is the poster who continuously lie and take conversations out of context that is the guilty one; having to continuously tell the posting regulars the truth when this poster outright lie is not a sign of guilt; rather it's a sign of wanting the truth to be known, even as this poster lies to achieve whatever agenda he is pursuing that day.
    JIF understands this reasoning, because JIF has been on the receiving end of his lies before.
    There is strength in numbers, and in collective memories.
    Spinning my post to fit that agenda is just proof of what I'm speaking of.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pearl

    @banasy, Ummm, word of advice; make sure your more interesting than your kids friends, that way they'll want to hang-out with you more or may follow your lead when out on their own when your NOT around. 😉

    December 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    This is an open forum; butt in whenever you like.
    JIF's little bomb *is* intriguing.
    Maybe Picasso?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Parents

    @Pearl. Good point. How could a young boy draw what he had never seen? Joey? he he If not for birds seen flying, would we even have airplanes?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    H. I wonder: is it heresay if one *reads* it?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Parents

    So, hoping that someone comes down with HIV or kills himself is good, but posting a phone number is bad. Interesting.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pearl

    @ banasy my butt is sore from sitting, can I get up for a minute please?
    @ Parents, It is fascinating I am intrigued and hanging my fingernails for his response.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini talent for drawing only found one outlet.
    It's also the way I discovered that I could write.
    You think I'm ashamed?
    No. I'm glad that I'm talented enough to give myself pleasure.
    Also, from practicing the piano, I can type almost as quickly as I can think.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pearl

    The word 'ashamed' did NOT come out of my mouth Joey. I said I was intrigued, curious... get it ? please give me the first memory of your drawings

    December 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Well, you sort-of know what it has to look like, and boys talk.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip Eugene Douglas's cell


    December 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pearl

    ohhh, ok I get it but wow, well ummm...(face turning red)
    banasy HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    You mean you didn't read my 1:10 post?
    That most certainly was me.

    @Parent's @1:44:
    What are you talking about, phone number?
    I did read that whole debacle on another thread; somebody sure has it in for you, but then you have made many enemies here.
    You can't seriously think that I am the only person you have offended,
    I don't wish anyone dead.
    I don't wish anyone to have HIV.
    I have said that before.
    I think you are confused about some things, and for that, I'm sorry.
    Why ever did you just post your phone number again?

    You have said that you would not go after me anymore; why are you starting your concerted effort of hate against me again?
    I've done nothing to you.
    Please stop it.

    Welcome to the boards.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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