Opinion EDITORIAL Elizabeth Englander, PhD; Meghan McCoy, EdD Sexting, an activity in which an individual uses digital tech- Sexting is a complex topic, and establishing prevalence is nology to send nude or sexualized photos, videos, and/or text only the first step in addressing it effectively. It may be that to peers, has demonstrated a unique ability to catalyze adult the broad range of potential participants, types of sexting be- haviors, motivations, and outcomes provide too much mate- anxiety when children and adolescents engage in it. Yet there is not a great deal of research examining sexting, its preva- rial for 1 review to effectively cover. Still, the decision to fo- lence, its causes, and its repercussions. A 2014 systematic re- cus the article by Madigan et al on participants younger than view article by Klettke et al 18 years limits what might be otherwise useful conclusions. found a few dozen studies, It is true that initially sexting among youth younger than 18 Related article and JAMA many with significant limita- years was viewed as critical, since several high-profile cases Pediatrics Patient Page tions. The article tentatively involving the illegality of nude images of minors resulted in concluded that sexting
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Published: Apr 26, 2018
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