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In a recent blog from DIGITAL LIFE on TODAY, there are some concerning stats about smartphone users in America. A Harris Interactive poll says that nearly 1 in 5 Americans with a smartphone have used it for sexting (sexting is sharing explicit photos or text messages with others).
Men ages 18 to 34 make up 32 percent of sexters and women ages 35 to 44 make up 25 percent. However, the survey shows that sexting isn't only occurring among young people or those who aren't parents.
Ten percent of people age 55+ and 30 percent of moms and dads with children under age 18 are also sexting. Wow! It is clear this problem is widespread. Even more shocking is that only 3 percent of American adults are afraid of losing their smartphone and having inappropriate pictures or text messages exposed.
The new stats reveal the decline in online behavior of adults, and no mention of minors included. With more than 50 percent of 12 year olds owning a cell phone now, it's likely that sexting is also a problem for kids at younger and younger ages.
Parents need to be aware of sexting so they can protect their kids. It's important to teach children about the dangers of sexting or of the consequences, which could be as severe as felonious distribution of pornography.
Make no mistake; there are consequences to sexting no matter what your age. Instead of worrying about how to keep these types of messages private, I suggest adult don't take part in the first place. Adults need to set positive and appropriate examples for kids today.
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