The sexting (or sxting) panic is overblown, according to some new research.
Remember those horror stories about teens gone smartphonewild? Not so much:
Only a low percentage of young people are appearing in or creating sexting images that could be considered illegal child pornography. Moreover, few of these images were being forwarded or posted.
How low? Pretty low:
After 1,560 30-minute interviews with kids age 10-17, the study found that only one percent of respondents had distributed sexually suggestive nude photos of themselves....Only one percent of respondents have taken such photos, which might be considered child pornography, but 5.9 percent of kids have received one.
This panic goes back to 2005 or so.