'Sexting' Teens May Face Child Porn Charges

Albert says that an even larger percentage say they've received these sorts of images and that girls are only slightly more likely than boys to engage in the behavior. Girls also often indicate that they do so to "please their boyfriends."

"Parents can help their kids to understand that messages and pictures sent over the Internet and cell phones are not truly private or anonymous and once they press 'send' all bets are off," he said.

Study Shows Teens Don't Always Think Sexting Is Wrong

The survey also found that teens have conflicting feelings about whether sexting is inappropriate.

"Three-quarters said that they think this is the sort of activity that can lead to long-term, serious negative consequences," said Albert, "but on the other hand three quarters describe it as a fun, youthful and flirtatious activity."

"They are of two minds," he added.

While Hunt admits he had not previously spoken to his son about the dangers of sexting before this incident, he did say that he'd been open with his son about sex.

Even so, Hunt said his son's embarrassment and fear that over the incident has been punishment enough, and legal prosecution would blow the incident out of proportion.

"My son hasn't even had a chance to try to get a job at McDonald's, and this would be something that would stay on his record," said Hunt.

"He knows not to do it again and he's embarrassed," he said. "The kids aren't sleeping at night and this is really a threat to them. They're scared," he added.

Hunt said that prior to getting caught sexting, his son enjoyed basketball and football, and even had dreams of going into law enforcement.

"He had mentioned being a police officer," said Hunt.

"But with a record behind a 13-year-old kid, that doesn't look good, does it?"

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