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Health Tip: Talk to Your Child About Sexting

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(HealthDay News) — “Sexting” refers to sending a text message with pictures that are inappropriate, especially involving nudity.

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 20 percent of teen boys and girls have acknowledged sending such messages.

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The AAP suggests how to talk about sexting with your child:

  • Discuss the issue with your child, even if you haven’t heard about an instance of it at school or in the community.
  • Use examples that are appropriate for your child’s age. For older kids, use the term “sexting” and emphasize that it is a form of pornography.
  • Make sure your child knows that sexting is a crime in many areas.
  • Monitor the news for articles about sexting that illustrate the potential consequences for both senders and receivers.
  • Encourage your child’s school to educate parents, teachers and students.

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