According to www.kidshelp.com.au, teenagers are sexting because of peer pressure and competition.
So just what can people do to protect their teenagers from sexting? Kidshelp.com suggests:
- Talk through the consequences of sending and storing pictures.
- Make sure the child understands that once the image is sent, it can't be taken back.
- Encourage an open discussion with the child about who they're talking to online and what sites they visit.
- Encourage the child to talk to an adult about any problems or concerns they may have.
The website also has tips of what to look out for:
- Sudden reluctance to be with friends
- Disinterest or avoidance of school
- Dropping out of activities and sports
- Sleeping more or less
- Abnormal nail biting or hair pulling
- Abnormal changes in mood and behavior