Parents who are seriously concerned about the phenomenon of teen sexting are absolutely correct in their assessment; it is something that can lead to dangerous and harmful sexual behavior later in life. Even a more pressing cause for concern is the fact that it has become a new “first base” for most teenagers. According to a recent study, more than half of the participating teens had sexted in one way or another.
It is alarming to think this phenomenon is still growing and becoming even more popular. STAR Guides Wilderness offers teens, technology and porn addiction treatment in Utah. Their program can disrupt the teens’ behavior patterns help them find the right path. As far as sexting is concerned, here are a few more things that parents should know about:
As mentioned above, over 50% of teens have either sent a sext to someone or received one. And when we look at the rest of the field, teens who have been asked to send inappropriate images via texts, then that number increases significantly. Teens are either being pressurized by peers or certain adults in their life to send sexts and more often than not, they give into the pressure.
Most studies regarding the subject are inaccurate, because teens aren’t always truthful about their activities. The numbers show that a very small number of teens admit to sending sexts, but a large number of teenagers admit to receiving them, so the discrepancy can be clearly seen in the numbers.
Most of the time teen sexting happens between teens who are romantically involved or a teen may send such images to someone they like. The latter scenario is how teens can get into trouble, as the receiver may post these images online and place the sender in a precarious situation.
Parents, who want to ensure that their kids aren’t sexting, have to draw a fine line between respecting their kids’ privacy and protecting them. But the question that you need to ask yourself is this; what is more important, their privacy or protection?
If your child has been participating in such activities, then STAR Guides Wilderness therapy program may hold the answers you seek. Their therapy can help teens dealing with sexting and other cybersex addictions.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.