Combining the words sex and texting, sexting is the practice of electronically sending sexually explicit images and messages between cell phones; this practice is legal amongst consenting adults. Sexting has become more and more common among teens whose cell phones now have texting and digital camera functions. While consensual sharing is more common between teenagers in a sexual relationship than expected, recent research is also finding girls are sometimes pressured to send pictures. There can be severe consequences: beyond humiliation and the expense and difficulty of interrupting internet distribution if the image is disseminated, teens who are caught possessing these images can be prosecuted for child pornography.
Some of the shorthand of sexting like:
- RU18 -- Are you 18?
- CD9/ Code 9 -- Parent / Adult Around
- NALOPKT -- Not a lot of people know this.