Sexting is all about conveniently connecting intimately – sharing sexual material, such as a picture or video, via mobile device or through a social networking app – and it’s not just adults who are doing it. Teens are also sexting.

While adults are more likely to sext than teens, studies indicate that between 7 and 28 percent of adolescents sext. In fact, research from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston suggests that sexting may become a normal part of adolescent sexual development. In the past, sexual development was much more discreet. But now with about three-quarters of the adolescent population having access to a cell phone, according to the Pew Research Center, parents must be vigilant in protecting their youth from online dangers. That includes addressing sexting behaviors.

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