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1 In 5 At-Risk 7th-Graders Has Sexted

1 In 5 At-Risk 7th-Graders Has Sexted

Source: Serena Gordon / Courier Post

More than 20 percent of at-risk seventh graders have “sexted” and those middle-schoolers were much more likely to also have engaged in some type of sexual behavior, a new study finds.

Sexting is when someone sends sexually explicit messages and/or pictures by cellphone. Seventeen percent of the children surveyed said they had sent a sexually explicit message during the past six months. Five percent of the seventh-graders admitted to sending sexual photos via cellphone.

Teens who sexted were almost three times more likely to have oral sex and more than twice as likely to have vaginal sex, according to the study.

“Sexting behavior was not uncommon among middle school youth and co-occurred with sexual behavior,” the study’s authors wrote. “These data suggest that phone behaviors, even flirtatious messages, may be an indicator of risk.”

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