UNH Researchers Find that 'Sexting' by Minors Isn’t Very Common

UNH Researchers Find that 'Sexting' by Minors Isn’t Very Common

Dec 06, 2011

According to a new study by researchers from UNH's Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC), one in 10 children ages 10 to 17 has used a cellphone to send or receive sexually suggestive images, but only 1 in 100 has sent images considered graphic enough to violate child pornography laws. 

“Lots of people may be hearing about these cases discovered by schools and parents because they create a furor, but it still involves a very small minority of youth,” said lead author Kimberly Mitchell, research assistant professor of psychology at the CCRC.

An earlier, often-cited study had estimated that as many as one in five teenagers engaged in sexting, but it included 18- and 19-year-olds, most likely increasing the overall prevalence.

Read more about this study: Sending of Sexual Images by Minors Isn’t as Prevalent as Expected, Study Finds

Read more about CCRC research about 'sexting' by children and teens: Concerns About Teen Sexting Overblown, According to New UNH Research

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