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Pew Research Center, November, 2011. Learn why they do it and what to say about it. As children grow and develop, they become more sexting sites in relationships and sex. Sexting is the sharing and receiving of sexually explicit messages and nude or partially nude images via cellphone.

They may be trying to establish intimacy with a boyfriend or girlfriend, impress a crush, or be funny. Others may feel pressured into sexting by boyfriends or girlfriends who may threaten to break up with them if they don’t send a picture. Teens may not believe or be able to foresee a situation in which the person they send a sext to chooses to share that image with others. However, it does happen and the consequences can be academically, socially and emotionally devastating. Get in trouble at school. Teens caught sexting at school have been suspended and removed from athletic teams.