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Amanda Lenhart’s article “Sexting” was a very interesting read. She covers how the age for teens that own cell phones has increased about 40% from 2004-2012. Not only do more teens have cell phones but, they are using them for more than just phone calls. Texting is a large part of the interaction amongst people with cell phones and I must admit this is probably my main form of communication because I find it quick and easy. Now, they are taking texting a step further. Law enforcement has been perplexed with cases of teens and young adults sexting: they are sending provactive images or videos via text, email, or even through social media to other individuals.

I read that the Univerisity has actually conducted studies with middle and high school students to find out how common this form of texting really is. I never imagined that sexting would be done among middle school children simply because I was use to being outside and playing. I never wanted to be cooped up in the house stuck on a phone. I had to remember that this is the day and age for technology. The studies showed how normal sending sexual pictures has become with students saying — yeah, it happens a lot, my friends do it a lot, it’s no big deal— it’s like this action is accepted in many areas just like playing a video game.

A few of the students aren’t agreeing that this behavior is a commonality and actually say they could never see themselves participating in this manner. They say that it’s too risky and have been witnesses to couples being upset with one another so the individuals will send the sexual pictures to their friends as a form of blackmail. I’ve noticed that children have far more ways to express themselves than I did when I was younger so with that, more things should be monitored. As an adult whatever you decide to do with your phone I feel is your own business but, the young teens who act in this way should be more exposed to the harms of “sexting” because it’s all fun and games until someone gets seriously hurt. Maybe the parents who are paying for their child’s phones can turn off certain functions. Of course it won’t stop this fad 100% but it may direct children to do something more productive. I don’t have any children of my own so with these new stories I continue to read about, I plan to be very cautious with the electronics I buy my children in the future.

Any other opinions???


  1. meerkat93 says:

    I agree with you that children’s phone usage should be more closely monitored by their parents, but I think that most of the time even if parents do check, it may be too late. Sending a lewd or provocative text takes about a second and will be available to others forever. I think a more productive way of avoiding this is simply making that truth more evident to kids. Kids don’t always realize that posting something on the internet or sending a text isn’t a temporary thing– it will be out there forever. Parents should talk to them about this.

    I don’t know anyone personally who has sexted, but that may be because I am from the same generation as you. When I was in middle school and early high school I’m not even sure that phones COULD send pictures at all. I’m afraid it is much more common now. I have heard of many cases in the news where the kids involved have been charged with the possession of child pornography because they are not yet 18 and cannot have their nude image spread around legally. It is definitely a legal and social mess.

  2. alemara123 says:

    I agree with you that the spread of cellphones among teenagers is dangerous if they use it badly. As you mentioned ,for example, to send sex pictures to others and this is one of the worst way to expand contemptibleness in society. I am with you that parents’ role is important in this issue. Parents are responsible for any harm that their children face because they are the ones who bought phones for them. Parents have to be careful and watch the behavior of their children because our children are the most precious things we have in life.

  3. jtfick says:

    I would also have to agree with you that the use of cell phones now days by young teens is disturbing. This author of this reading seemed to try to alert the readers that these kids are unaware of the seriousness of actually sending and/or receiving nude photographs. I understand that parents can play a large role in preventing this, but they can only do so much. There are going to be times when they can’t physically be monitoring their child on what they are doing. I think if young teens were more highly educated on this particular subject, they would then realize that sending/receiving nude pictures could potential ruin the rest of their lives.

    Also, with smart phones running the mobile network, there are apps that make it easier and easier for young teens to interact with one another in a sexual manner such as sexting. I’m not sure how many of you know of the app Snap Chat, but it’s a free downloadable app in which one takes a picture of something and then sets a time limit on how long the viewer can view the picture. I think this app increases the rate of young teens sending nude pictures to one another because they feel it is safer than actually sending a picture message, since there is a set timer.

  4. ebarnesl says:

    You are right Amanda Lenhart’s article “sexting” was a very interesting read. I would go as far to say it was shocking and very disturbing. I was not shocked at the increase of preteens and teenagers owing a phone but what it is being used for. I myself am not into texting and I have it blocked on my phone I can recive them but I don’t send them and I like it just fine. I’m with you about being cooped up in the house all day when I was a preteen and teenager. I liked being outside with my friends and running around the neigborhood. What is wrong with these kids? And where are the parents? This is not fun and games people, some one can get seriously hurt behind some one sexting. I feel these kids are breaking all kinds of laws and you have the nerve to say “What’s the big deal.” If you want to play grown-up games then you should be ready to roll with the conscious. I agree with the law enforcement officers and the distric attorneys who are prosecuting these teens.When you share such images through texting then you have produced and distributed pornography. The cell phone was created to make life easier and safeer when you are away from home, not to send provocative images on your cell phone. The kids who made the comments about it being inappropriate and over the line and not romantic is definitely right. At 12 I was still playing with my Barbie dolls.

  5. lekwatson says:

    You are right, it seems that in this age of technology the sense of home values and self respect is going by the wayside. Parents are purchasing their children more and more cell phones, electronic toys and videos that reveal exposed body parts, immoral living, hate and violence. This combination of cell phones with video, video games and media capability desensitize children to reality before their young brains fully understand right from wrong and how this could harm their future. Most children and young adult entertainment has become so individualize that parents no longer have an opportunity to view the material that they buy their children after purchased. Today children have their own handheld video screens that prohibit anyone from seeing what they’re doing (sexting). Whereas back in the day most games and videos were played on the family television or computer and an adult could walk by and would have some visual control. So yes, now parental controls would have to be put in place before the devices is handed off to the child. But most importantly open communication and trust about what is expected from the child/young adult and consequences of not following rules. Which means that adults would have to take time out of their busy schedules and be actively responsible for monitoring their children’s behavior, nutrition, home work, friends, entertainment and phone records without appearing to be a game warden. Yep, go back to parenting and not let things purchased with disposable income become the new babysitter.

  6. lysaleh says:

    It’s pretty crazy and nerve-wrecking to think that children are being exposed to these pressures of sending nude pictures to the person they’re dating. What’s even more insane is that some kids don’t think it’s a huge deal and that it is something casual to do within a relationship.

    I remember my senior year in high school we were taking an exam and the guys at the table behind me started laughing about something DURING the exam. Afterward I asked them what was going on and they said they received a nude picture of a female freshman via text from a friend’s number. Apparently the girl and her boyfriend had broken up, and he sent the picture to EVERYONE during the exam. (And they showed me the picture unfortunately.) It’s disturbing to think that this 14 year old girl was taking nude pictures of herself in the first place. This was in 2009, scary to think how much more often it occurs these days with technology being in the hands of an even younger and younger generation.

  7. hshuayto says:

    I think its pretty sad and disgusting how normal this has become to generations of today. I feel like this has a lot to do with the media and what is portrayed to these kids as normal. I also feel the fact that technology has become so big is something that kids shouldn’t be exposed to. I do not mean technology in general as in cell phones. However, then again we are in the year 2013 and there are many different ways for this to occur. It jus disgusts me that so many people have lost self respect for themselves and their families. And what saddens me more is the fact that most of these kids parents are blinded and have no idea what their children are doing.

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