If you think the only teens who are doing dirty chat the ones engaging in high-risk behaviors, like drinking, using drugs or skipping school, keep reading.
Two recent studies suggest that sexting is more common than many parents might realize or want to admit.
More than half the undergraduate students who took part in an anonymous online survey said they chat dirty when they were teenagers, according to the study by Drexel University, which was published in June by the Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy.
Nearly 30% said they included photos in their dirty chats, and an astonishing 61% did not know that sending nude photos via text could be considered child pornography.
Another study, this one by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, found that while students who admitted dirty chats were 32% more likely to report having sex the next year, dirty chats by teenagers was not linked to risky sexual behavior over time.
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch found teens who "sext" may be more likely to engage in sexual behaviors. Here are some of the findings:
- 28% of teens admitted to having sent dirty chat.
- 76.2% of teens who were propositioned to sext admitted to having had sexual intercourse.
- Girls were asked to send a sexting (68%) more often than boys (42%).
- The peak age of sexting is around 16 and 17 years of age.
- Sexting seems to decline in individuals 18 and older.
To overcome the bitter reality of now a days it’s important that parents spend time speaking with their teens about sex. Young people need to know that it's okay to have desires and feelings. Talk to your teens about the impact and consequences of acting out sexual desires and how they can stay true to their morals, values and beliefs when faced with adversity. Also, discuss the consequences of acting out sexually (pregnancy, STDs, etc.). Please don't treat sex as a taboo topic in your household; rather, create a safe environment for your teen to ask questions and have an open dialogue. Awkward? Yeah at first it may feel awkward to you and your teen to discuss sex, but don't let that keep you from having the discussion. The more you talk, the easier it'll become and the weirdness will begin to wear off.
Gather Online - WeGather, this is a website which helps you in your issues you have in your daily life. Also guide you in your decision making. I must recommend you to visit Gather Online regularly so you can see the discussions on every topic. It is important that parents are in the loop with what their teens are doing with technology. So many things have Wi-Fi Access nowadays. Devices such as personal computers, video game consoles, and hand held gaming devices, Smartphone's, tablets, e-readers and even digital audio players can connect to a network and create an opportunity for a teen to make a poor decision. Technology has pros and cons unfortunately, some of the cons carry some hefty consequences