‘Sexting’ trend of explicit photo exchange among teenagers, charity warns

UK Telegraph 04 Aug 2009

More than a third of secondary school children have been sent messages containing sexual content, a survey showed. Researchers found youngsters were regularly being sent sex texts or “sexts” – often by their school friends. The messages contain images of sex acts involving young people but more generally of boys and girls exposing themselves.

Material is sent to mobile phones via texts, transferred using Bluetooth or uploaded to social networking groups. The research, carried out by children’s charity Beatbullying, found it was most often not strangers sending the images. Seven out of 10 of the 11 to 18 year-olds surveyed said they knew the sender personally.