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???