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What is Sexting?

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Updated March 02, 2011

What is Sexting?

Sexting on a cell phone

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Definition:

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit material using text messaging. It is often done using mobile phones. Sexts can include sexually explicit text messages, or they can include sexually explicit photographs, images or videos.

Sexting is typically carried out deliberately, with people sending sexts about themselves. But sometimes, sext messages can be sent which contain sexually explicit material about someone else, who may or may not consent to the sext. Sexts can also be sent to someone who does not wish to receive sexually explicit material.

Because sexting is a recent phenomemon, it has not yet been adequately researched, and proper limits to sexting have not yet been worked out. However, many people have found themselves in trouble over sexually explicit sexts. The worst case scenario is for teenagers who sext sexually explicit pictures of themselves being accused of distribution of child pornography.

Pronunciation: sex-ting
Also Known As: texting sexually explicit material
Examples:
Tina got into trouble at school for sexting messages to other students.
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