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Alarming Survey on Teens Sharing Nude Images Online

Technology, adolescent hormones, and sex are not the best combination.  According to a newly released survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com, an alarming amount of teens are posting nude or partially nude images of themselves online or sending them electronically.

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According to a report on MSNBC, the online survey of 1,280 teens and young adults found some concerning statistics that might surprise parents.  The survey found that 22% of teen girls have admitted to posting nude or partially nude images online or electronically sending nude images of themselves.   Eleven percent of 13-16 year old girls claim to have sent or posted nude images.

The teens sending these images often intend for them to be private images shared with someone they trust; however, according to the survey, these sexual images are often passed around.  One third of teen boys and one quarter of teen girls claim they have had nude images shared with them, according to the survey.

Teen boys are also guilty.  The teen boys surveyed also acknowledged that they had sent or posted sexual images.  This survey also found that 18% of teen boys said that they had sent or posted nude or partially nude images of themselves.

The teens also felt that technology was a way to “hook up” with other teens.  MSNBC reports that, 38 percent of teens felt that “exchanging sexy content makes dating or hooking up with others more likely.” 

Marisa Nightingale, senior adviser to the Entertainment Media Program at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, added “That so many young people say technology is encouraging an even more casual hook-up culture is reason for concern, given the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in the United States.”

For tips on how parents can talk to their kids about sex and technology see MSNBC’s report at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28141513/from/ET/


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