Just how early should you talk to your kids about the dangers of sexting? As soon as you hand them a phone, experts say. While there are no clear figures on the number of young teens and preteens who have swapped sexually explicit photos with cell phones and other technology, there’s no doubt that it happens. In Pittsburgh last month, police were alerted to an 11-year-old girl who had been sending topless photos of herself to an older adult. Months earlier in San Bernardino County, Calif., a 14-year-old girl was issued a misdemeanor citation for transmitting sexual photos on her cell phone. These cases may be rare, but it often takes only one troubled child to start a dangerous trend among peers, said Dr. Susan Lipkins, a psychologist who specializes in school conflict. “They’re acting out, needing attention, and there may be some reason,” Lipkins said. “There may be something in the child’s life where they have already been exposed to sex, either by seeing things or hearing things they shouldn’t, or perhaps being abused. “One child who acts out will be the one with the problem, and the others who are watching may follow.” Dr. Rebecca Bailey, a family… Read full this story
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