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Sending nude photos is something “most of the kids in my town high school have accepted as just part of getting a guy to like you,” said a Bergen County high schooler who agreed to speak with The Record if her name was not used.
For the most part, it is girls sending pictures to boys, who ask casually.
It can be a tough conversation to initiate and maintain with your teen.
But it is also a tough conversation for us and others to convince both parents and schools about the importance of talking to their teens about the seriousness and prevalence of teen dating issues.
While it may only be one girl’s account, it falls in line with experts' findings on sexting."A lot of social media culture is using women's bodies, girls' bodies, to get attention," Nancy Jo Sales, who wrote “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers,” told The Record in May.
"Whether they're being seen in provocative poses or, in [one] horrifying case, actually being sexually assaulted, this is what we have to face and start grappling with – the social media culture."In her research, Sales said, she heard story after story of girls who had their pictures shared with groups of people.
When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.
After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).
Their presence and existence became readily more apparent because they were granted more freedom than previous generations ever were. They were given a chance to redefine the ways things were done in America.
Positive peer experiences and strong friendships can help prevent depression.
Encourage your child to spend time with supportive friends.