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.