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. sarah S

    They might not be sending a lot of pictures but $exually active teenagers are probably sending texts to their partners about what they did or want to do. like more graphic versions of "i want you". i know it was going on when i was still in high school which was only 4 years ago...

    December 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    You missed my birthday yesterday.
    J'ai cent seize ans!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Majesty

    @Silver Wraith:
    One usually does pen one's thoughts better, although one was a tad bit in a hurry to get said thought out.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    (La la la la la)

    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday to you.
    Happy birthday, dear heart Joey,
    Happy birthday to you!!!!!


    December 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Oh, you are not, but I *do* know how old you are...

    December 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    J'ai 73 ans.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Now maybe I'll get some respect around here.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO

    HB JIF. I'd post the link for Bimbo the Birthday Clown again, but some found it too scary.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Thank you, BOMBO.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sovereign Copyright

    Bombo: oh, go ahead! It made my day!
    Nice bust on the Thing, btw.

    I think you are one of the more respected around here...unlike me, who everyone seems to want to hate on lately...but even that's fun.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Your Majesty,
    It would appear to me that Her Majesty is the most respected.
    One always finds some opposition.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sovereign Copyright

    We thank you, very much...
    We beg to differ with you; we think you are a most worthy individual.
    If we are the Queen, you, sir, are the King.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sovereign Copyright

    We do dig this name, though, we are beholden to you for bestowing it upon us.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat ( in a hat )


    Happy Birthday

    December 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO

    Wow, comments being deleted right and left today. Be careful, Phil and "George".

    December 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
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