For many California parents with teenagers, concerns of their children interacting with acquaintances of the opposite gender are met with feelings of anxiety and worry. While many parents do their best to properly educate their children, teenagers are often known for pushing the limits and curiously figuring things out by themselves. Sexting for example, while seemingly innocent and harmless, can actually be quite threatening and harmful to the emotional health of anyone.
According to Psychology Today, the act of sharing or exchanging sexually explicit or suggestive material between different people is considered sexting. Even though the term is loosely used to identify any type of information sharing of this kind, it became popular as technology has grown and become more prevalent. With an increase in the use of technology, sharing information has become easier and falsely appears to be more private. Research suggests that approximately 20-30 percent of teenagers have either been the recipient or sender of a sext message.