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    Tween Sexting Becoming More Common

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    A recent study revealed that parents of tweens have one more thing they need to be on the lookout for– sexting.

    A recent study revealed that parents of tweens have one more thing they need to be on the lookout for– sexting.

    Of the roughly 400 7th graders surveyed, 22 percent said they’d sent a suggestive photo or message in the past 6 months.

    The study, which involved students from public Rhode Island schools, shows the behavior is a much greater threat than previously believed based on a couple of factors.

    One is that the previous research with children of this age was conducted via phone and with their parents present.

    Another is that the subjects in the Rhode Island study all fall into a specific sub group. In preparation for the research, school counselors were asked to select students who exhibited, “symptoms of behavioral or emotional difficulties.”

    Among the sexters in the at-risk group, 17 percent limited their content to words, while 5 percent included photos.

    Either way, they were found to be several times more likely to also be engaging in additional sexual behaviors.

    Experts suggest that all parents, not just those whose children fall into the ‘troubled’ category, engage in frequent, honest and open discussions about sex with their kids as well as monitoring their phone and Internet activity.