English title: 'Sexting': the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth

Author(s): Sonia Livingstone - Anke Görzig -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2012


Public anxiety has recently centred on the exchange of sexual messages among teenagers via the internet or mobile phones. This chapter examines the incidence, antecedents and consequences of ‘sexting’ among 11- to 16-year-olds. Although only 15% say they have received a sexual message, and only a quarter of those were upset by it, it is shown that those who are more vulnerable offline (i.e., those with more psychological problems) are more likely to receive such messages and to find them upsetting.

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Anthology: Children, risk and safety on the Internet

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