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Sexting and young people: Experts' views

Walker S, Temple-Smith M, Sanci L


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.


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


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