New research estimates that one in seven teens send sexts and one in four receive them.
Rather than telling young people not to sext, we should encourage them to think about sexting as part of a broader negotiation of intimate relationships.
Teen sexting has been on the rise over the last decade as smartphones have become more available; meanwhile teen sex has declined.
Teen sexting is on the rise. Boys and girls are equally likely to share sexually explicit imagery but girls report feeling more pressure to sext and more judgement about how they do it.
The law around 'sexting' needs to be overhauled as the way young people communicate changes and evolves.
For many children and young people, engaging with explicit material is not uncommon.
For many children and young people, engaging with explicit material is not uncommon – and not necessarily harmful.
Sexting is a criminal offence for under-18s.
Sexting has led to a rise in under-18s reported for sex offences.
Actor and presenter Faustina Agolley speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, panellist Faustina Agolley questioned whether there were laws protecting against revenge porn in Australia. As it turns out, it all depends on where you live.
Research shows that parents and the police are often unaware of the majority of cases of online sexual abuse.
Moves to make sex education compulsory cannot come quickly enough.
Psychological distress among teenage girls has risen by 4% in the past decade.
The new normal?
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A human development researcher decided to find out if people who are anxious about dating or about what their partner thinks of them are more likely to sext.
Snapchat is a powerful tool for teens to communicate and experiment.
The ephemeral social media platform Snapchat is a hit with young people. And while it can lead to risky behaviour, it can also encourage creative experimentation and socialisation.
Mobile phones have many benefits. But they can also interrupt classes and distract pupils.
More pupils in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa are taking smartphones to school. These can be useful learning tools – or terrible distractions.
Sexting is a co-authored, negotiated experience that can empower young people.
There has been something of a moral panic around sexting – but research suggests that it can create safe, empowering spaces for young people exploring their sexuality.
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The heavy hand of the law has no place in helping teenagers learn about sex – but teenagers must realise it can still catch up with them.
Calvin Klein is known for its especially sexy ads.
Studies show sexualized advertising often isn't effective, and may even have adverse consequences for the product being promoted.
Revenge porn is a serious breach of privacy, but social media sites and the law are starting to crack down.
Social media companies and the law are both beginning to seriously combat revenge porn.
A law defined too widely could criminalise teenagers behaviour.
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When we talk about sexting, are we focusing on the real risks?
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