Poll Finds Sexting Common Among Young People

Think your kid isn't "sexting"? Think again.

An Associated Press-MTV poll finds lots of young people are sharing sexually explicit photos, videos and chat on their cell phones or online.

More than a quarter of teens and young adults say they've done it, despite sometimes grim consequences.

Young people across the country -- in Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- have faced charges, in some cases felony charges, for sending nude pictures.

In at least a couple of cases, sexting has been linked to suicide. Last year, an Ohio teen hanged herself after weeks of ridicule at school. She had sent a nude cell phone picture to her boyfriend, but after they broke up, he forwarded the picture to other people.


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  • by Reality Location: North Carolina on Dec 4, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    We teach our children everday that their actions do not have real consequences. We have a generation of young people that have no idea what the real world is. Young people do not look at the long term. Tatoos on kids in middle school and high school on their face, hands, and neck yet when they can't get a job or join the military its someone else's fault. Its their parents fault, politicians fault, the teachers fault, etc. When people decide to raise men and women instead of boys and girls we will be alot better off.
  • by Just thinking, but... Location: NC on Dec 3, 2009 at 06:25 PM
    Why mention young adults? Shouldn't the only issue be people who are under the age of consent in their respective states? Once you're of age, you should be able to do whatever you want within reason of the law. As for stating that "this is why kids don't need the ability to send pictures from their phones," sexting by definition isn't just sending pictures of yourself in various states of undress; it's also sending "dirty" text messages. So if you take away their ability to take pictures, they can still send texts. You get rid of that, and they're back to "old-school" phone sex, a staple of many (if not MOST) healthy, stable, adult sexual relationships. But then, I'm in my early-twenties, so that might be why I think this is all blown out of proportion.
  • by so dumb on Dec 3, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    this is just as stupid as handing a photograph of yourself in the nude to someone and them making copies of it to put up at school. hey kids use common sense! if you send it to one person, just be prepared for EVERYONE to see it.
  • by Jaso Location: NB on Dec 3, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    Dayqoun. This is America we dont speak Ebonics. English would be alot more helpful. Now go back to singing Barackin around the christmas tree.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 3, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    Dayquon, contact Derek, Barlow or ACORN, I think they can help you, they been trying to beat the system for years.
  • by what? Location: enc on Dec 3, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    what did you say Dayquon? I could not understand that at all...
  • by dayquon Location: pylmouth on Dec 3, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    what sexing i need know help can someone pleaz esplain me what is on my phone will it keep me from tropper patrole i like be on forst thanks ok dayquon
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    Not sure if its Al Gore, who invented the internet or somehow, someway, I can blame it on Bush, just like liberals actually do, hmmmm, bigfruitbasket, wasn't Palin, she was sending pics of Nancy Pelosi, I can assure you that ain't sexting....
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    Jojo... are you saying that if they use the phone in this manner, that will stop them from wanting to do more? If u ask me it's foreplay, not a substitute.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Dec 3, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    I blame the conservatives, Fox News and Sarah Palin.
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