Teen sexting: Strong link to risky sexual behavior
Teen sexting: Kids who do it are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study shows. Sexting – of nude photos, particularly – increases a teen's odds of being cyber bullied if photographs wind up on the Internet.
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One out of every seven Los Angeles high schoolers with a cell phone has sent a sexually explicit text message or photo, according to a 2011 survey that also found "sexters" more likely to engage in risky sex behaviors.
"No one's actually going to get a sexually transmitted disease because they're sexting," said Eric Rice, a social network researcher from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who led the new study.
"What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding ‘yes,' " he told Reuters Health.