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Was that a sext you just saw?
Questions flood your mind. Is this what kids are doing nowadays? Does this mean my child is having sex, too? Sexting — the exchange of sexual messages, photographs or videos via technological devices — is a relatively common occurrence among adolescents, with one in four youths receiving sexts, and sexting fourm in seven sending them. Some researchers have found links between sexting and factors such as sexual activitysubstance use for example use of drugs and alcohol and emotional health.
Others have found no evidence of these associations. Drawing from the of 23 studies published between andwith 41, youth aged 12 to 17 years, we conducted a series of meta-analyses to examine the link between sexting and sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, contraception use, delinquent behaviour, internalizing problems for example, anxiety and depressionalcohol use, drug use and smoking. Our findings reveal that youth who are sexting are four times more likely to be having sex. They are also five times more likely to have had multiple sexual partners and half as likely to use contraception.
Furthermore, they were almost four times more likely to have drunk alcohol, and were approximately three times more likely to have used drugs such as marijuana, and smoked cigarettes. Given the rise of mental health problems over the past decade, and claims that digital technology is resulting in deteriorating mental health among young people sexting fourm, our team also examined the association between sexting and poor mental health.
We found that youth who sexted were approximately twice as likely to have experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety. First, the findings are correlations. While sexting is linked to sexual behaviour and mental health factors, correlational studies do not provide evidence to suggest that sexting is in any way the cause of risky behaviour or poor mental health. Second, the risks linked to sexting may vary based on the situation in which sexting is done. Context matters.
For example, surveys done with undergraduate students reveal that sexting that occurs within the context of a committed relationship has more positive and fewer negative outcomes than sexting that occurs in casual relationships. Sexting can also enhance the emotional and sexual quality of a relationship between partners.
As adolescents age, romantic and sexual exploration become an increasingly normative and healthy part of development. So we examined whether our findings varied depending on the age of participants. We found that links between sexting and many risk behaviours were stronger among younger compared to older adolescents.
These are in line with research showing that sexual activity is more strongly linked to risk behaviours among younger youth. In terms of gender, we found that, in general, did not differ based on whether the sexting youth was female or male. This finding is consistent with our research, which indicates no gender differences in the prevalence of different forms of sexting. Sexting, like other aspects of adolescent and teen development, is not free from risks. But, just like teen sexteen sexting is common. Yet sex often remains an unbroached topic between parents and their children.
The absence sexting fourm sex education within the home necessitates comprehensive sexual education curricula in schools.
This includes teaching adolescents about sexting. Rather than condemning the act of sexting among youth, a more proactive approach could focus on talking openly with youth about sex, and educating young people on how to be responsible digital citizens by emphasizing ethical, respectful and safe online interactions. If a parent or teen is concerned about videos and images being distributed without their consent, or if they are being coerced into sexting or sextortion, they should report their concerns immediately to their local police. In Canada, they can also consult needhelpnow.
Camille Mori is an M. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence. Read the original article. up to receive a curated collection of links and highlights from our award-winning breaking news coverage, in-depth analysis and unmatched investigative features at lunchtime weekdays. A welcome is on its way. If you don't see sexting fourm, please check your junk folder. We encountered an issue ing you up.
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