Sexting In Middle School

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Sexting and Sex go Hand in Hand for Middle School Kids
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This article written by Allie Bidwell informs parents, educators, and even teens about the dangers of sexting. Sexting is not only an immature decision but it also a dangerous one. It can lead to other promiscuous acts such as actual sexual activities. It is also a crime, the distributing of explicit pictures or having possession of them is a form of child pornography, a serious crime. Statistics and surveys prove this issue has only increased in number of pupil’s sexting. Sexting is a growing trend among adolescents, and we as a society must come up with a solution.
This article can be related to Sigmund Freud’s views on sexual desires, as well as his concept of the id,
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About 1,200 middle school students in Los Angeles were surveyed about the sexting and if they have sent or received pornographic photos. With a mean age of only 12.3, the results are shocking. About 20% of these pupils had already received an inappropriate sexual photo or text about someone. Only 5% of these students had actually sent an explicit photo or text about themselves to another individual. This means that although only 5% of these adolescents are actually sending the photos, they are being distributed to 1/5 of the total middle school population. As if sending and receiving these sexual photos and texts isn’t bad enough, studies show these texts are linked to being sexually active at a younger age. The report states that children who were receiving sexts, a form of sexual texting, were six times more likely to become sexually active, and the adolescents who were sending the sexts were four times more likely to be sexually …show more content…
Eric Rice, assistant professor in USC’s School of Social Work, surveyed middle and high school students concerning their sexting, and found that 15% of these pupils were guilty of sexting. While some people may blame the teens themselves for this irresponsible acts, other may attack and blame educators and parents for not doing an adequate job of informing these young teens about the dangers of sexting. Patchin agrees with this statement and said, "It is possible that middle school students … aren 't necessarily getting that information as widely as the high school students, or don 't fully acknowledge or understand the potential long-term risks," There are laws in place concerning minors sending or distributing pornography with serious punishments, however this doesn’t seem to stop the majority of these

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