One in six teenagers is involved in sexting, according to research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. In most cases, the sexually explicit texts or images are sent from one child to another. Across the country, these messages are considered a form child pornography which can lead to prison time in many states.
The Youth Online Safety Working Group gives advice on managing and preventing sexting incidents in Interdisciplinary Response to Youths Sexting. They recommend that authorities determine legal action on a case by case basis, and increase awareness of polices and state laws to help cut down on the sexting problem.
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