One in 5 Teens Has Sent or Posted Racy Photos

And 1 in 3 say they've received such photos
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2008 11:24 AM CST
Parents listen to a seminar about children using cell phones to send nude pictures.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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(Newser) – A New Hampshire teen suspended from school last week for sending a racy photo via cell phone wasn’t the first, the Boston Globe reports—and won’t be the last: One in five teens has uploaded a compromising image, and nearly one in three has received a half-naked or nude shot, a new online survey shows.

“This sort of online behavior contributes to a casual hookup culture,” a sex-education expert says. “When you get numbers like 20% and higher for young adults, that passes the threshold of concern.” What’s more: Nearly one in three of the 1,280 teens surveyed reported seeing photos intended for someone else. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t want to see it,’” says a 16-year-old who later “brushed it off.”