KCRG-TV9: In Iowa, ‘sexting’ could lead to felony charge
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — When it comes to teens “sexting” some of the newest data out there suggests it isn’t only common, it may be likely that teens are sending sexually explicit pictures and messages to one another.
An undergrad survey from Drexel University in 2014 found more than half of the respondents admitted they had sexted in some form while in high school. Another study, from Southern Illinois University, found about a fourth, 24%, of underage high-school students sent nude photos.
Sexting is a problem that’s grown with the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices in the last decade. It’s a national issue group like the National Center on Sexual Exploitation closely monitor. Officials there warn parents and kids bad things can happen when sending inappropriate images– even to a trusted person.
“Internet Watch Foundation found that 88% of ‘sexts’ are essentially stolen from the original location,” said Haley Halverson, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at NCOSE.