Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sexting Follow-Up

Just a quick follow-up on last month's Kids First / Crimetracker 3 team-up on Sexting. The Wall Street Journal published an article questioning the methods of the most frequently quoted study on sexting. We quoted the same study in our stories. It turns out, the survey was conducted online. An expert interviewed by WSJ suggested that people who are likely respond to on-line surveys are also likely to engage in sexting. The implication is that choosing to do the survey on-line skewed the results upward.
Our stories also mentioned the possibility that kids who "sext" could be prosecuted and labeled sex offenders. The Vermont Legislature is considering changes to the law to prevent that.

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