US study shows 1 in 10 young people have sent a sext
This US study reports that 1 in 10 young people have sent a sext A similar figure to my own study reporting on risky sexual behaviour http://www.esteemresourcenetwork.org/risk-taking-behaviour-sexting. However this study takes a much larger sample and this report goes on to highlight a link between sexting and mental health issues such as depression.
The report states that " it shows an association but not a causal relationship" this means that they cannot prove sexting is a cause of mental health issues. The two things may be associated because they have the same or similar causes. For example reckless risk taking (such as sexting) might be linked to issues with self esteem which could also have mental health consequences.
Personally I believe that sexting is not a passive consequence but instead I think it is a consequence that feeds back into a young persons complex personal situation often having a negative impact. The best response to this issue is not controls and limits on the use of tech but instead education is key to helping young people to make intelligent informed choices. Hopefully avoiding the large risks that sexting posses.
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