Pew Internet of the United States has conducted a nationally representative survey of ages 12-17. According to the survey report, 4% of all cell-owning teens of ages 12-17 report sending a sexually suggestive nude or nearly-nude photo or video of themselves to someone else. Girls and boys are equally as likely to have sent a suggestive picture to another person. 15% of those ages 12-17 have received a sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude photo or video of someone they know on their cell phone. 0% of teens have a cell phone that someone else, usually a parent, pays for, 19% pay part of the costs and 10% pay all of the costs of their cell phone. […]
In China’s Henan province, citizens who send three or more erotic / sexy text messages (sexting) will be detained for a maximum of 10 days in jail and pay a fine of 500 yuan (approx. INR 3500). Liaoning province passed a regulation early this year saying that erotic text messages can be part of a sexual harassment charge. […]
Sexting (sex texting) is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos or videos electronically, via cell phones or instant messenger. Latest technology allows photographs and videos, which are intrinsically more explicit and have greater impact. A social danger with sexting is that material can be very easily and widely promulgated, over which the originator has no control. With sexting spreading, young people send explicit and indecent photos to each other using their mobile phones.