A 15-year-old Charlotte boy is now under investigation after CMPD officers were told he shared pornographic/obscene material at Sedgefield Middle School between April 19 and April 23rd.
Charlotte police, along with school administration and teachers have been focused more on reducing sexting ever since North Carolina passed G.S. 14-190.5A (the ‘revenge-porn statute’). The law makes it a criminal offense for anyone to knowingly disclose nude or sexual images of a person without the person’s consent.
The practice of smartphone ‘sexting’ has been on the rise across the country over the past decade.
A recent study published in the JAMA Pediatrics Journal that analyzed 39 existing studies involving 110,380 participants ages 12 to 18 found that almost 15% of teens had sent a sext and approximately 27% received one. The study didn’t find any significant differences in the rate of sending or receiving sexts between males and females.
The research also showed that as teens age, they’re more likely to engage in more sexting.
Study authors noted that the increasing frequency of giving pre-teens smartphones is likely contributing to the exponential rise in sexting. On average, they found that kids are now given their first smartphone at the age of 10, and they believe if this number gets younger, sexting will only increase among teens.
The trend is especially troublesome, as a growing number of teens are reporting that they forward sexts to someone without permission from the original sender — and approximately 8% said they received a sext without consent.
What do you think about the growing trend?