Earlier this week we reported that a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics revealed that 20% of at-risk seventh graders have been engaging in sexting. Sexting is when a person sends a sexually explicit message or picture by cell phone. Teens who admitted to this behavior were more likely to engage in other sexual activity, according to the study.
We are constantly finding new words to describe the emerging digital trends. My issue is that I find the word sexting troublesome. Why don't we call it what it is? Pornography.
I believe as parents we need to stop trying to be trendy and start parenting. Do you know the full scope of activities your teenager is involved in? How are they using their phone and with whom are they communicating. Personal responsibility starts at home.