Teen sexting on the rise

WBKO

Teenagers are sexting more than ever before. Sexting is defined as the sharing of sexually explicit images and videos of oneself via electronic devices, like smartphones.

According to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, teens are sending more sexts than previiously thought.

Researchers found almost 15% of teens had sent a sext, and about 27% had received one. But it's more common among older teens.

The study's authors encourage parents to frankly discuss sexting with their children. Parents should remind kids that once an image is sent, even if it's to a trusted person, it can never be retrieved. It could also be forwarded to a larger audience.

When teens share sexually explicit photos or videos, they put the subjects at risk for cyberbullying, stress and humiliation. It may also be illegal.