This is reflective of the wider attitudes and opinions around teens, technology and sex.
This framing can be limiting as it denies scope for the formation of a critical discussion around sexting.
The framing of sexting has a particularly gendered dimension, which tends to focus on girls as the protagonist and boys as passive recipients.
This assumption is problematic, as the evidence is inconclusive.
“I wasn’t alarmed, necessarily, by the findings, because the exploration of sexuality is a normal part of adolescence,” says Madigan.
So is the exploration of technology, “so the fact that those worlds are colliding doesn’t necessarily surprise me.” What is concerning to Madigan is that many young people “lack awareness of digital security and safety” by taking nude photos and sending them out.
In New Zealand, sexting among teenagers is becoming a growing issue.
The evolution of technology has brought a change in how youth communicate with each other and how much they share.
If you’re not sure how to start (or continue) a sexting session, though, it can be difficult to overcome the initial awkwardness. Liz Powell, Vanessa Marin, and Mal Harrison for tips on how to bite the bullet and get started.“People might think, ‘I don’t know what to say’ or ‘I’m not creative,’ but you don’t have to dive in with all these kinky, dirty things,” Marin tells Refinery29.
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