Sexting Dangers

Sexting is a growing practice among teenagers that’s been facilitated by the use of smartphones and social media. It is defined as the exchange of sexual messages, photos, or videos. The practice is becoming more prevalent, with an estimated fifteen percent of adolescents sending sexual messages, and about twenty-five percent of adolescents receiving the messages. New research conducted to examine the potential risks have found a link between sexting and increased sexual behaviors as well as in increase in mental health risks among youth. In fact, adolescents who sext are more than three times more likely to have engaged in sexual activity. The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics also found a doubled likelihood of anxiety or depression. Ultimately, we want our kids to experience God’s grand and glorious design for the gift of sexuality. Consequently, encourage your kids to embrace Godly online behaviors as a path to true freedom and flourishing.