‘Sexting’ is the new form of courtship among teenagers, a report claims as it urges parents to stop panicking over the growing use of technology for flirting.
Nearly three quarters of 15 to 18-year-olds have sent sexually explicit text messages while half have sent naked or semi-naked photos and videos of themselves, the research for the Australian government found.
Some 84 per cent of the teenagers questioned said they have received explicit messages by phone or email.
But, the researchers insisted that the rise in ‘sexting’ did not appear to be doing any harm to the majority of teenagers.
Despite rising concerns that the use of digital communications may encourage more risky sexual behaviour among youngsters, teenage intercourse appears to be in decline, the report said.