• Whether legal or not, teens continue to sext

    Date: 01.13.10 | by Judge Tom.

    A survey of 800 teenagers over a four month period ending in September, 2009 provides percentages on teen sexting. The practice of sending nude or semi-nude photos by cell phone has caught on despite knowledge of possible consequences.

    The PEW Internet and American Life Project reports that 4% of 12 to 17-year-olds have sexted, while 15% have received sext messages. Most of the pictures are sent to boyfriends and girlfriends, with a smaller percentage sent to non-partners. The number increases as the participants get older. 30% of 17-year-olds report receiving a sext message.

    Photo by Todd Kravos (Flickr)

    As of 2009, statistics indicate that 58% of 12-year-olds have a cell phone while 83% of 17-year-olds do. A common attitude about sexting is that it is no big deal – teens sext knowing there might be consequences, civil or criminal.

    Learn more about the potential consequences of sexting and the serious penalties Phillip Alpert received.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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