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The Biggest Worries About Children’s Health

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Sexting

Sexting is the sending or receiving of sexual images or suggestive messages through email or text messages on electronic devices. In 2016, sexting was the seventh biggest worry among parents for their children; in 2014, it was 13th. The messages and images can go viral, instantly leaving a permanent online footprint, and the results can have dire consequences. Sexting can be a form of bullying and humiliation, causing emotional and mental anguish for young people.

Laws pertaining to sexting are evolving and in some jurisdictions sexting is considered a version of distributing child pornography. States such as Utah are offering online courses alerting people to the dangers of sexting.