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Study says some 7th-graders are sexting…

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Corinne Gregory, founder of the Bellevue-based Social Smarts organization, comments on a new study by a group of Rhode Island researchers that  found children as young as those in 7th grade are sending out sexual pictures and messages, also known as ‘sexting.’

The study, which was published in the journal “Pediatrics,” found one in five ‘at-risk’ 7th-graders had participated in some kind of sexting.

According to the researchers, ‘at-risk’ children are described as those who have higher perception of approval for sexual behaviors and low self-esteem. The study also found teens who sexted were four to seven times more likely to engage in sexual behaviors.

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