For those who’ve lastly mastered “OMG” and “IYKWIM,” chances are you’ll be prepared for the following step in deciphering textual content messages—although when you’re the mother or father of a teen, you may not like what you uncover.
That is as a result of teenagers are spending extra time sexting, with a minimum of 25% receiving sexually charged texts and emails, and a minimum of 1 in 7 blasting them out.
A meta-analysis of 39 research by the College of Calgary and Alberta Youngsters’s Hospital Analysis Institute, revealed in JAMA Pediatrics, checked out sexting habits of greater than 110,000 youngsters ages 12 to 17.
The examine discovered “sexting is changing into a extra widespread apply amongst youth,” however that as an alternative of freaking out, dad and mom ought to incorporate it into the intercourse training their youngsters obtain.
“At the moment’s teenagers usually don’t separate their on-line and offline lives,” examine lead writer Sheri Madigan tells the CBC. “That is exhausting for folks to know.” The examine explains why sexting amongst teenagers is not essentially a foul factor.
Its authors say it may well function a protected method for teenagers to first method the problems of sexuality and intimacy, so long as each events are equally into it and nobody feels pressured.
If there’s coercion, nevertheless, or if sexts leaks out to different events—greater than 10% of teenagers say they’ve handed alongside sexts with out getting permission from co-sexters—those that really feel betrayed can expertise psychological well being points much like these discovered after cyberbullying.
One other stunning discover from the examine, per the Los Angeles Times: Women are as probably as boys to participate in sexting. What dad and mom ought to do, in line with the examine’s authors: Provide “age-specific info on sexting and its potential penalties” as a daily a part of their youngsters’s intercourse ed.
(There are definitely legalities youngsters ought to find out about.)
This text initially appeared on Newser: Caught Your Teen Sexting? Do not Panic