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03 November 2011

Teen 'sexting' a problem

A US study has found that teen 'sexting' is far more common than parents originally thought.

Some Boston parents might be in for a rude awakening: 13% of area high school students say they've received "sext" messages and one in 10 has either forwarded, sent or posted sexually suggestive, explicit or nude photos or videos of people they know by cell phone or online.

Twice as many respondents who said they had sexted in the past year reported depressive symptoms, compared to teens who did not. Moreover, 13% of teen involved in sexting reported a suicide attempt during that period compared with 3% of non-sexting teens, according to the researchers at the Education Development Center in Newton, Mass.

 
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