Nov 9, 2012

The Sext Files: kids as young as eight try out sexting

A South Australian academic warns that young children are sexting. Swinburne University student Laura Jaquest investigates.

Children as young as eight were sexting and their primary schools were not teaching them anything about the risks, South Australian academic Lesley-Anne Ey has told the Victorian Parliament’s sexting inquiry.

Research conducted in a Queensland primary school had found girls as young as eight were sending naked pictures of themselves to other pupils, Ms Ey’s submission claimed. And, considering the proliferation of platforms on which images could be sent – including iPhones, iPads, iPods and mobile phones – child sexting was likely to increase “because more children are becoming owners of digital technology at younger ages”.

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