While parents may think their kids are using their smartphones just to chat with friends, watch videos and stay up on their social media, it seems more and more teens are using their devices for risqué behavior.
A new study by the University of Calgary, which polled 100,000 teens around the world, finds that close to 30% of those under 18 have received some sort of sext, with one in seven having sent a sext message themselves.
And they aren’t necessarily keeping these sexts to themselves, with 12% saying they’ve forwarded a sexy message without getting permission first. And this should certainly scare parents, considering 8.4% of teens say sexual messages, or even naked selfies they’ve sent, have been sent to others without their knowledge.
What’s more, researchers believe teens are more vulnerable than adults at having their sexts shared because young romance is often short-lived, and there’s also more of a chance that those sexts could be used as blackmail.
Source: The Daily Mail