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Sexting and young people: Experts' views

Walker S, Temple-Smith M, Sanci L

Abstract

Young people’s ‘sexting’ - defined by the Macquarie Dictionary Online (2010) as the sending and receiving of sexually explicit images via mobile phones - has become a focus of much media reporting; however, research regarding the phenomenon is in its infancy. This paper reports on the first phase of a study to understand this activity more comprehensively. Interviews were conducted with notable key informants (including teen culture authors and professionals from the academic, education and health sectors) to create a context for a second phase involving interviews with young people. Insights were offered into reasons for young people’s participation, potential consequences and solutions. Highlighted was a gap in reliable data from the perspective of young people themselves, and the importance of their voice in understanding and developing effective strategies to prevent and deal with this phenomenon.

Publication

  • Journal: Youth Studies Australia
  • Published: 01/07/2011
  • Volume: 30
  • Issue: 4
  • Pagination: 8-16

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