Sociology Index

Sexting

Texting sex message or having sex via texting is also known to teens as sexting. A popular trend since the last few years sexting is a common visible practice seen in most campuses and even classrooms. The term sexting also refers to taking or sending an explicit photo of oneself and forwarding it to friends or potential suitors.

The phenomena of sexting spreading rapidly and a survey by a teenage girls' magazine has found that 40 per cent of respondents had been asked to send sexual images of themselves. Half the bullying-related calls to the police can be attributed to cyber-bullying and sexting ranks high.

3G mobile phone technology helps upload image files directly to the internet is making sexting easier. One of the appeals of sexting is the ability to hide the behavior from parents. But teens don't understand that the message or pictures they send can be forwarded to thousands of unkown recipients.

Even though any image that depicts a minor in a sexual activity or indecent manner is considered child pornography, and anyone who passes on or receives those images is liable to face criminal charges. It's a felony for children under 18 to not only receive these pictures on their phone, but taking a photo and sending it could lead to pornography production and distribution charges.

Sexting is bound to increase. Girlfriend magazine survey has found that four in 10 readers had been asked to forward a nude photo of themselves.

Books on Sexting

AMTA’s sexting and cyber-bullying tips for teens.

AMTA’s sexting and cyber-bullying tips for parents.

Sexting is being treated as another manifestation of cyberbullying with the Victorian police reporting a rise in cyberbullying activities amongst teenagers including sexting.

Bob Lotter, CEO of Radar, My Mobile Watchdog, about the dangers of cell phone use among children.