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1 in 5 teens 'sext' despite risks

June 24th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

USA Today is reporting that a new survey finds that one in five teens have sent or received sexually suggestive, nude or nearly nude photos through cellphone text messages or e-mail. And of those who send the sexual material, 80% are under 18.

Teens told researchers they are aware of the dangers of sharing personal information online, but do it anyway.

Most teens sent the photos to girlfriends or boyfriends, but 11% sent them to strangers, according to the study made public today by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Cox Communications.

The study showed that  91% of teens have an e-mail address, and 60% have an instant-message screen name. Nearly three-quarters have a cellphone, and 72% have profiles on social networking sites.

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