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Sexting: Are your kids doing it?

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As useful as a mobile phone is, it's pretty dangerous as well. Read this to keep up with the latest trend that may exploit or harm your child, sexting.

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Some parents may be skeptical that their kid might be sexting.

Does your tween or younger child have a phone? Then you probably should be worried about them using their phone for sexting. Most parents would probably be skeptical and doubt that their seemingly innocent child could even know what the word sexting means, let alone do it.

However, it's better to be safe than sorry. Learn more about sexting and how it can affect your child if she is doing it, and what you can do to prevent it — before it's too late!

What is sexting?

Sexting is when you exchange sexually explicit text or images through mobile picture messages, the Internet or with the use of a webcam. Young people also call it cybersex or a nudie.

How common is sexting?

A survey done in the US earlier this year by the Pediatrics Journal (the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) proves that kids as young as 12 are involved in sexting. This survey shows that 22% of a total of 410 7th grade students (12- to 14-year-olds) had participated in sexting. 17% had only sent texts and the remaining 5% had sent texts and pictures.

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