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T he D angers of T echnology
with and mastery of technology makes such teens prone to taking risks with their privacy and being open to interactions with
Parents need to honestly assess sexual vulnerabilities and adapt their
protective strategies to the needs of a child at risk. We need to warn our
children about the dangers of transmitting personal information over the
Internet, especially revealing sexual pictures of themselves. They need to
be warned about abusers who “groom” a child to false trust, resulting in an
offer to meet or run away together.
Sexting continues to be a significant concern among teens. With boys so
vulnerable to porn and so many young women dressing provocatively and
making themselves sexually available to young men, especially from college on, the pressures on Christian girls and young women to participate
in sharing images of their bodies inappropriately are significant. The best
research3 suggests:
1. The top reason girls report for participating in sexting is that they
do it as a joke. This is probably an excuse or rationalization covering
for the other two reasons commonly reported in the research: that
they “do it to feel sexy” or “feel pressured to do it.”
2. Teen girls are more likely than teen boys to send s­emi-­nude or nude
photos through social media; this research suggests that “22% of teen
girls report sending images of this nature, while only 18% of same-age
boys have.”
3. “Nearly 40% of all teenagers have posted or sent sexually suggestive messages, but this practice is more common among boys than
4. Alarmingly, “15% of teens who have sent or posted nude/­semi-­nude
images of themselves send these messages to people they have never
met, but know from the Internet.”
Our children need to know several important facts that may help dissuade them from such practices. First, they need to know that anything of
a personal nature sent through texting or social media, whether information
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