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November 23, 2020

The Mental Health Moment November 23rd, 2020

November 23rd, 2020

Sexting and Nudes Among Teens - Part 1

Sexting and Nudes Among Teens - Part 1

Host - Joe Newman (Director of Business Development & Marketing)
Guests - High School Students Avery and Mason
Topic - Unmasking the Sexting and sending Nudes culture within today's teens.

Resources Cited

Legal Consequences

The consequences of sexting can be life-long and negatively impact your child’s future. Nude or explicit pictures of your child can continue to circulate, both on and off the Internet, long after they were originally sent or obtained, which can have devastating psychological effects. If one of the engaged parties decides to press charges, all parties involved, including those minors who received and kept the explicit image or images, can be charged with child pornography. Worst case scenario? Your child can be taken from your home, or registered as a sex offender…for life. More


Most of this study’s participants were engaged in at least one sexting behavior in their lifetime (80.9%) and nearly half (48.5%) of all participants were currently “sextually active,” engaging in some type of sexting behavior within the past 30 days. More

Related Risky Behaviors

“We found that youths who were sexting were approximately four times more likely to be also engaging in sexual intercourse, five times more likely to have multiple sexual partners, and half as likely to be using contraception,” she continued.

Also, sexting teens were:

  • Twice as likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Two and a half times more likely to be smoking or engaging in delinquent behaviors like stealing or vandalism.
  • More than three times as likely to be using alcohol or drugs. More

More Statistics

  1. Nearly 40% of all teenagers have posted or sent sexually suggestive messages, but this practice is more common among boys than girls.[4]More

November 23rd, 2020 Transcript – Mental Health Moment 

Transcript by Google Voice Typing – Please excuse errors

Topic – Unmasking the Sexting and sending Nudes culture within today’s teens. 

Welcome Welcome to the Mental health Moment. It’s Monday and time to take a moment for your mental health.  I’m your host Joe Newman from Life Launch Centers which was founded and started right here in Southern Utah, and today this show is getting real…..It’s right before thanksgiving, Black Friday and the holidays and I hope today is going to really unmask one of the biggest threats facing your family and maybe inspire what gifts can really help your family and what could really introduce harm to them.
Seriously this problem is so big, we much rather throw our heads in the sand and pretend it isn’t there.  But oh yeah it’s there, bigger and worse than you imagine.  Today we’re talking about Sexting among teens.  Sending receiving nudes and how much this has taken over high schools, middle schools and even intermediate schools. In fact this is the first of a 2 part series on this subject because of how important it is. Unfortunately parents, we’re not talking enough to our teens specifically about it.  The good news is it’s easily overcome, and I’m going to share with you ways to prevent and protect our families against it.
Instead of bringing on a mental health professional to talk about statistics and awareness, I felt like it would be even more helpful to hear right from some teens right in the thick of it.  So I’ve got 2 high school students from right here in St. George to give you a real insight to your teens digital world and the sexting culture among teens.  Avery and Mason thanks for joining me today….

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