Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Sexting" Shockingly Common Among Teens

Dangers Of Teen 'Sex-ting'

What teens call "sex-ting" is the act of sharing nude or partially nude photos via cell phone text message. As Harry Smith reports, few realize they are breaking the law. |

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(CBS/ AP) While it may be shocking, the practice of "sexting" - sending nude pictures via text message - is not unusual, especially for high schoolers around the country.

This week, three teenage girls who allegedly sent nude or semi-nude cell phone pictures of themselves, and three male classmates in a western Pennsylvania high school who received them, are charged with child pornography.

In October a Texas eighth-grader spent the night in a juvenile detention center after his football coach found a nude picture on his cell phone that a fellow student sent him.

Roughly 20 percent of teens admit to participating in "sexting," according to a nationwide survey (pdf) by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

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