Unformatted text preview: of conversation. My boyfriend or someone I
really liked asked for them, and I felt like if I didn ’t do it, they wouldn ’t continue to
talk to me. At the time, it was no big deal. But now, looking back, it was definitely
inappropriate and over the line. Although this is not a pervasive teen practice, sexting can create serious problems for
those involved in it. The desire for risk -taking and sexual exploration during the teenage
years, combined with a constant connection via mobile devices, creates a "perfect storm"
for sexting. Teenagers have always grappled with issues around sex and relationships,
but their coming -of -age mistakes and transgressions have never been so easily
transmitted and archived for others to see. The cell phone has become a new venue for harassment and
bullying of teens.
Over a quarter (26%) of teen cell phone users reported having been harassed by
someone else through their cell phone. Girls are significantly more likely to experience
this (30%) than bo...
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- Fall '13
- cell phone, American life project, mobile phones