Sexting Among Teenage Girls and Boys

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Over the last few years, there has been a lot of discussion and debate over the topic of sexting. It has become a widespread phenomenon, the number of teenage girls and boys, men and women who participate are rapidly increasing, and with this too comes the rise of moral panic within societies. Individuals within the communities are becoming more and more fearful, afraid and shocked at this new form of youth culture hysteria. Although young people ‘expressing’ their sexuality has become much more open and free as of the last decade or so, the real uproar of panic is due to the risks they involving themselves in as well as the damage and harm they are inflicting on themselves, whether they know it or not. Sexting is ‘the act of sending, receiving, or retaining sexually explicit text messages, pictures, or video using cellular phones’, ( Crespi, Segool, 2013). It is viewed that those who participate in sexting are part of a deviant subculture. As technology has further advanced over the years, mobile phones in particular have the ability to record and send photos and videos and with this also comes the increase in sending explicit and suggestive material, mainly among teens. The content being sent can be anything from texts, semi nudity and even sexual picture and videos. From one generation to the next, teenagers and adults have already been exchanging sexually explicit messages and images, so sexting shouldn’t come as a huge shock. However one of the real concerns about sexting is how easily these images and videos can be spread and shared among large groups of people. Pictures or videos thought to be shared privately among people, can quickly become viral and can be seen by everyone and anyone. A prime example of this can be seen... ... middle of paper ... ...6030/ns/today-parenting_and_family/t/her-teen-committed-suicide-over-sexting/#.U3ikE_mSySq) Cohen, S 2011, Folk Devils and Moral Panics, Routledge, retrieved on 16th May 2014 (http://books.google.com.au/books?id=FA6tAgAAQBAJ&printsec=copyright#v=onepage&q&f=false) Crespi, T, Segool, N 2013, ‘Sexting at Sixteen: Reflections on Legal and Professional Issues’, The Online Journal of Counseling and Education, vol 4, no.2, retrieved May 14th 2014 (http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy-m.deakin.edu.au/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=3&sid=476af979-0ab3-460f-89d2-2d136ee95e4c%40sessionmgr115&hid=115) Germov, Poole, 2011, Public Sociology – An introduction to Australian society, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, Australia Meyer, E 2009, ‘Sexting’ and Suicide, Psychology Today, retrieved 15th May 2014 (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gender-and-schooling/200912/sexting-and-suicide
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