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Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428837

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428837.001.0001

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‘Sexting’: the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth

‘Sexting’: the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth

(p.151) Twelve ‘Sexting’: the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth
Children, risk and safety on the internet

Sonia Livingstone

Anke Gözig

Policy Press

Public anxiety has recently centred on the exchange of sexual messages among teenagers via the internet or mobile phones. This chapter examines the incidence, antecedents and consequences of ‘sexting’ among 11- to 16-year-olds. Although only 15% say they have received a sexual message, and only a quarter of those were upset by it, it is shown that those who are more vulnerable offline (i.e., those with more psychological problems) are more likely to receive such messages and to find them upsetting.

Keywords:   Sexting, sexual messaging, Vulnerability, Risk of harm, Coping, Religiosity, Cross-national differences, Policy implications, Resilience, Age differences, Awareness-raising

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