I've posted numerous times on this emerging and alarming trend of teens sending nude or otherwise inappropriate sexually-themed photos of themselves to others via their cell phones. Now, we have a new survey that gives us a snapshot of just how widespread the trend is: 1 in 5 of all teen girls (and 11% of girls ages 13-16) have electronically sent, or posted online, nude or semi-nude images of themselves.

For more information on this topic, read my article on HomeWord.com,
"Digital Photos: An Overlooked Danger of Cyberspace".

When it comes to sex, tech and teens don't make the best bedfellows. As tech-savvy teens become increasingly fluent with new technology, from social networking sites to tricked-out new cell phones, research finds the negative consequences stacking up.

According to the results of a survey released today by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com, 22 percent of all teen girls — and 11 percent of teen girls ages 13-16 years old — say they have electronically sent, or posted online, nude or semi-nude images of themselves.

And these racy images are also getting passed around: One-third (33 percent) of teen boys and one-quarter (25 percent) of teen girls say they have had nude/semi-nude images — originally meant to be private — shared with them.

But it turns out that teen girls are not the only ones sharing sexually explicit content. According to the survey, almost one in five teen boys (18 percent) say they have sent or posted nude/semi-nude images of themselves. One-third (33 percent) of young adults — 36 percent of women and 31 percent of men ages 20-26 — say they have sent or posted such images.

Source: Today

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28141513/

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