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 re- cus the article by Madigan et al on participants younger than percussions. A 2014 system- 18 years limits what might be otherwise useful conclusions. Related article page 327 and atic review article by Klettke It is true that initially sexting among youth younger than 18 JAMA Pediatrics Patient Page et al found a few dozen stud- years was viewed as critical, since several high-profile cases page 400 ies, many with significant involving the illegality of nude images of minors resulted in limitations. The
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Published: Apr 26, 2018
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