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

Sonia Livingstone and Anke Gözig

in Children, risk and safety on the internet

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428837
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307723 | DOI:
‘Sexting’: the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth

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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

Chapter.  4666 words.  Illustrated.

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