London: Four out of five parents in the UK are more concerned about their children sexting than drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes, according to a study.
A new report by academic Professor Sonia Livingstone has been commissioned to provide up to date evidence of how young people are using the internet, the dangers they face, and the gaps that exist in keeping them safe.
The report comes amid growing fears that the threat from online dangers has grown far more quickly than society’s response to them, researchers said.
“It comes in the wake of the worries that tech-savvy young people are being exposed to risks that their parents never were and might not know how to confront – like sexting, cyber bullying and content which promotes self-harm, suicide and eating disorders,” they said.
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Men were significantly more likely to have forwarded the picture than women - 24.2 percent versus 13 percent.
Equal numbers of men and women reported that they had sent a sext but significantly, more men than women said they had received a sext - 47.1 percent of males versus 32.1 percent of females.
The team surveyed 1,130 undergraduate students about their experiences about sexting during high school years.
Nearly 20 percent reported they had sent a nude photo of themselves to another via cell phone and 38 percent had received such a picture.
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