‘Sexting’ can have unwanted consequences

Note-passing has gone electronic for today’s teens and includes a form of flirting known as “sexting” that can have unwanted and even dangerous outcomes, according to an expert on teen sexual health at Baylor College of Medicine.

Sexting refers to sending sexually explicit text messages and photographs over a cell phone. Teens also use social media sites like Facebook and Myspace as well as instant messaging to communicate things of a sexual nature.

Teens and adolescents are urged not to engage in this behavior, said Dr. Peggy Smith, director of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic.

Sexting should become a routine part of parents’ conversation with their children about sexual health, Smith said. Parents need to convey that sexting, although sent as a private message to someone, may not remain private and can have consequences on future college and job searches.

Internet and cell phone use should be monitored by parents, just as they monitor their children’s use of a vehicle, Smith said.

 

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