Oct 7, 2014 11:42 PM
A new study says sexting is now the norm for many adolescents - just a part of growing up. It's being called the new, "first base."
While parents have a right to be concerned, the study says teens who sext won't necessarily engage in risky sexual behavior later on in life.
The findings published in the Journal Pediatrics from a 2012 study which surveyed 1000 adolescent in Southeast Texas over a six year period.
Participants were asked questions about sexting and sexual behavior. The teens answered the questions anonymously. One in four admitted to sexting.
While the study did show sexting was related to sexual behavior, of the teens having sex most were not engaging in risky sexual behavior.
The study suggests parent's should not overreact. Instead if they catch their teen sexting to use it as an opportunity to talk to them about healthy sexual behaviors.
The study was conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
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