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

    maybe this would be a good time to turn up the music and let everyone cool down

    ║(O)║♫ ♪ ♫ ♪
    ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █
    Min- – – – – – – – – – – -●Max

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

    I forgot to tell you that I'm kind of the cool-aid mom: all of my daughter's friends love to come here.
    I merely meant to say that watching me clean the bathroom is boring as hell, lmao!
    (She gets to clean the downstairs one, and I don't watch her do that; too boring!) 😉

    December 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pearl

    @ banasy, Then it seems like your doing a good job if her friends like hanging out with ya. 😉

    December 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    You crack me up.
    Hey, put "Funkytown" on!

    I wish I could draw like that on my always messes up in translation...

    December 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Why, thank you, Pearl!
    I hope so.
    They are a lively bunch, and so very diverse! I love 'em all like my own.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pearl

    FUNKY TOWN .... da do do do do do, funky town... FUNKY TOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pearl

    Well, I'm off for now. Real nice meeting ya all 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Thanks. Now if you can put A Ha's "Take On Me", my afternoon will be complete.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    I read the post.
    I thought it was not you because of a stylistic slip.
    I started to qualify that "not banasy" with a compliment that it was a clever imitation.
    Sorry. I made a mistake.
    Fortunately, that was the only mistake I ever made in my life, and I'll never make another.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Well Yeah

    How would you know who posted a phone number? And why would you even mention it if it had nothing to do with you? Interesting.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    You just literally made me laugh out loud.
    Please, what stylistic mistake did I make?
    I do not want to repeat it!
    Perfection is hard to maintain, isn't it?

    Is it your birthday yet?

    December 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Well, no

    Philip Eugene Douglas just posted his number above. Can't you read? Interesting.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pearl

    @ banasy, Ok here you go and then I gotta go 😉

    ║(O)║♫ ♪ ♫ ♪
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    Min- – – – – – – – – – – -●Max

    We're talking away
    I don't know what
    I'm to say I'll say it anyway
    Today's another day to find you
    Shying away
    I'll be coming for your love, OK?

    Take on me, take me on
    I'll be gone
    In a day or two

    So needless to say
    I'm odds and ends
    I'll be stumbling away
    Slowly learning that life is OK
    Say after me
    It's no better to be safe than sorry


    Oh the things that you say
    Is it live or
    Just to play my worries away
    You're all the things I've got to remember
    You're shying away
    I'll be coming for you anyway

    December 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Here's a number


    December 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Silver Wraith

    "There's no repercussions, are there?"
    Someone who always writes carefully is unlikely to cast a sentence that way.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
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