Teen sexting study finds association with sexual behavior
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CREATED Sep. 17, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 17, 2012
If your teen has a cell phone, there's a good chance they know someone who has "sexted," but is your child the one doing the sexting?
A new study finds sexting appears to be part of a cluster of risky sexual behaviors among adolescents.
Researchers say of the 1,800 teens they asked who had cell phones, fifteen percent engaged in sexting, and 54 percent said they knew someone who sent a "sext."
That's something experts say parents need to keep in mind.
"There are significant consequences to engaging in this behavior. It is against the law. And kids expect that it will not happen to them, but if they are caught, they can get into serious trouble. So, parents should definitely monitor that and parents should educate their kids about behavior, consequences, that sort of thing," says Dr. Kate Eshleman from the Cleveland Clinic.
The study also shows teens who had sexted were more likely to report being sexually active, and were more likely to have had unprotected sex.