Experts have claimed that the pressure put on young girls to provide sexually explicit photos by boys has recently become a dating norm. Also read: Season's new phones are all about selfies. Cyber safety expert Susan McLean said that every week one or more girls had told her that they feel pressure to reciprocate photos sent by boys and send their photos, the Daily Telegraph reported. Lecturer Melinda Tankard Reist said that girls, aged 12 and 13 year, were getting requests from boys for sexually explicit photos and the level of blackmail was terrible, like starting a sexual rumour about the girl or pasting her screen-captured snap on a naked woman. Also read: 'Sexting' teens 6 times more likely to be sexually active. Reist added that it was all part of the pornification of society and the sexualisation of girls and it was unfair to expect girls to provide these services to boys due to pressure.
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The study, to be published in a forthcoming issue of Computers in Human Behavior , also indicates boys are less likely than girls to believe sexting can have serious consequences. For example, girls are more likely to say sexting would result in trouble at school or hurt their chances of getting a job. The findings come as schools and families nationwide struggle to control how kids use technology to socialize. In Ohio, legislators introduced a bill in May that would extend the age of individuals who are banned from sexting to 19 years.
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In September last year many British news sources reported the story of a 14 year-old boy from the north of England who had been placed on a police intelligence database for sending a naked selfie of himself to his girlfriend. Because the boy was only 14, this was recorded as a crime of making and distributing an indecent image of a child, despite the fact that the 'child' in this particular instance was the boy himself. The boy, who for legal reasons was not named in the news stories, took a photograph of himself in his bedroom and then sent it to a girl at his school using an app on his mobile phone called Snapchat.