Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nearly half of teenagers involved in sexting

Cormac Mac Sweeney Sep 08, 2010 08:44:47 AM

Be the first to Comment 0 Recommendation(s) In the wake of a shocking alleged sexual assault involving two teens in a northeast schoolyard, some startling stats are being released on sexting.

On Monday, a 16-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were found in the yard of Clarence Sansom Junior High, allegedly involved in a sexual act.

They were both there with friends and, according to police, had just met a week earlier on Facebook.

A study from the United States finds that 40 per cent of teenagers are sending lewd messages or nude photos to each other.

One expert says it's increasingly becoming a problem and something needs to be done.

Executive Director of the Centre for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, Nancy Willard, tells The Calgary Sun, kids are oversexed through advertising and entertainment to the point that many think intercourse is normal for their age.

Willard says children are most at risk in middle school and that's when the peer pressure begins.

Teens and tweens always feel they're making good choices but their hormones don't allow them to make the right decisions.

The best way to battle this issue lies with the parents.

Willard says moms and dads need to monitor their children's Internet use. They should be using positive reinforcement and applauding them when they make safe Internet decisions but explaining what's wrong when they don't.

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