Sexting is a modern trend in communication that raises a number of legal and ethical issues. The word itself is a portmanteau of "sex" and "texting," the latter referring to the sending of messages either via a smartphone or online through texting software. The sex element involves a wide variety of activities, but of most concern is the "digital exchange of sexually explicit images between teenagers using text messaging services on camera-equipped cell phones (Eraker, 2000) or on their laptop computers using messaging services and the built-in cameras. Sexting among consenting adults is not considered an issue of importance, but when minors are involved it is a significant issue covering a number of different subjects, including law, education and social work. This paper will begin with a preliminary study of the literature on sexting, and then propose directed research on the subject.
Mitchell, Finkelhor, Jones & olak (2011) found in…… [Read More]
However, there were critical flaws in the way the study was reported. This occurred with Walker not providing the actual data from the responses vs. what the subject said. Moreover, there was no information provided concerning: the size, the demographics and time line of the study. This makes it difficult for others to take the results from these findings and mirror them in future research projects. (Walker, 2011, pp. 8 -- 16)
Does the study generalize to other people that were not the subject of the research (e.g., college student study generalizing to everyone, study in the U.S. applying to other cultures)?
The study is generalizing to a certain extent. The way that this is occurring is through providing several different quotations from respondents. Then, taking these views and applying them to the entire population sample. This makes it appear as if all young people are actively involved in sexting.…… [Read More]
Discriminating Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Articles
Scholarly articles represent written documents that add something of significance to an academic research field. The typical trademarks of a scholarly article are authorship by experts in an area of academic research and the inclusion of novel empirical evidence or analysis, but probably the most reliable criteria is publication in an academic journal utilizing a peer-review process to vet articles prior to publication.
The article "Sexting in the Schoolyard" by Segool and Crespi (2011) represents an example of a non-scholarly article. The authors represent experts in their respective fields and one of them has been a coauthor on at least two research articles (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2012). Although survey (empirical) data is presented in the article, including survey data that has gone through a peer-reviewed process prior to publication, the authors did not generate the data themselves. The journal in which…… [Read More]
Teenage Sexting and Its Consequences
In the last one decade, the advancement in technology has changed the mode of communication and interaction among teenagers; the increased reliance of teenagers on technology has been profusely documented. About 78% of teenagers own mobile phones and about one-third of them send out more than 3, 000 messages via their mobile phones per month. In several cases, sexting has been used as a form of communication. There are several vague definitions about sexting, but generally, it is seen as a social phenomenon that refers mainly to the habit of sending or receiving messages or images that are sexually suggestive to peers through cell phones. There are sparse researches with regards to the precursors and context to sexting in the existing literature (Martinez-Prather & Vandiver, 2014).
New electronic communication platforms (e.g., Facebook, texting, Twitter, etc.) have raised some serious concerns among today's parents,…… [Read More]
Semi Structured Focus Group Interviews With Students
Text mapping with students
Individual Interviews with students
Individual interviews with teachers
esearch Methods and Statistics: Impact of Teenage Sexting on Children and Its Consequences
There have been research designs developed to study various young people's experiences on 'sexting'. Data, collection tools have also been selected for this purpose. A survey design has been adopted and a data collection tool chosen.
Justification of the study design
First, sampling is deeply regarded in conducting surveys, as it is essential in almost all behavioral research. The research also involves questionnaires whose responses being computer-entered, written or oral comprise the primary data. It is possible to epigrammatically summarize the views of all respondents by using the same phrasing and order of questions. The attitudes and other characteristics of a specific population can be deduced from the responses given to…… [Read More]
Men ho have Extramarital Affairs?
Is it mostly men who go out beyond the bonds of marriage and have affairs? Or are women also known to have extramarital affairs? hat does social science research tell us about this issue? The literature accessed in this paper found that while in some research more men than women engaged in extramarital sex, women are certainly not innocent in this matter as other research reveals. The answer to the question then is, no, it is not "mostly men" who engage in sex outside of marriage. The available data -- including peer-reviewed, scholarly articles -- suggests strongly that women do indeed have sex outside of marriage, and when it comes to searching for sex on the Internet, women engage in that activity as much as or more than men do. So, the myth that it is "mostly men" is debunked in this paper.
The Social…… [Read More]
Beautiful Life and the Impact of Too Much Sharing: hat Happens to Young Persons hen They Have No Guidance
Daisy's and Jake's spiral downward does not begin with the Internet video that Daisy shares with Jake, who forwards it on to a friend. It begins earlier -- on the evening of their "hook up" in a house where there is no adult supervision. The Internet video is simply the manifestation of this "hook up" in the Digital Age, wherein information is shared instantaneously and privacy and publicity are blurred into one and the same thing. hile the problems presented by Daisy's video are compounded by many variables -- the school's administration's reaction, the mainstream media's need to further exacerbate an issue for ratings, the pornographic rabbit hole on the Internet -- the real problem can be found on a much more fundamental level: Daisy being 13 and Jake being 15…… [Read More]
shame in teenage sextual relations," Nina Funnell outlines a conceptual criticism of the approach taken by the Commonwealth on matters relating to the laws governing various sex crimes. According to Funnel (2011), there are fundamental problems with the enforcement of certain sex crime laws against minors because they were obviously drafted and enacted mainly to protect minors and not to punish their sexual behaviour. In that regard, Funnell (2011) focuses especially on the issue of the prosecution of teenagers who transmit sexualised photographs of themselves to others as violators of child pornography laws even though those crimes are, essentially, victimless crimes. The author points out that in addition to the nonsensical application of those laws to the class of persons they were originally intended to protect rather than punish, the Commonwealth has exhibited a simultaneous lackadaisical approach to prosecuting sex crimes involving bona fide victims and adult perpetrators, such as…… [Read More]
social networking has in the last couple of years stirred a lot of debate among politician and scholars alike. The level of risks and benefits associated with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace especially to children and teenagers has elicited a mixed reaction among the debating parties. In this paper we present a systematic analysis of the implications of social networking sites for both children and teenagers with a sharp focus on Facebook. We also focus on the benefits as well as the issue surrounding the use of social networking sites by use of relevant illustrations. Overall, we evaluate how the use of computer technology has impacted the society in general and education in particular.
Definition of Social Networking
Several scholars have attempted to define the concept of social networking and its components. Boyd & Ellison (2007) define social networking sites as special web-based services that are…… [Read More]
Teenage Sexual Development:
"They Know What Boys Want"
Teenagers have always learned about sex from their peers as well as their parents and teachers. However, the Internet is another easily accessible form of information that provides uncensored and often extreme images on which very young adolescents may model their sexual selves. According to a 2011 article in New York Magazine, entitled "They know what boys want," of the students interviewed by the reporter, "every one of them said he or she had seen 'inappropriate material' online" (2011, p.2). Many of the girls reproduced the professional, pornographic sexual images they saw online in their own selfies which they posted on Facebook and other social media. Even if the teens express disgust at the images, the pictures clearly provide them with a model of how to present themselves, a way of depicting their sexuality which the teenagers are apt to mimic as…… [Read More]
The governments of China clearly believe that if they do not ban shows where the premise is based on the voting then it could lead their citizens to want the right to vote in the government on their own opinions. The influence that television has, in this case by indirectly helping Chinese citizens move in the direction of being slightly more "democratic," is seen as a threat- it is hard to believe that television could threaten the national security of a world super power.
The current influence that television has on individual's lives is only growing stronger as technology continues to develop. Recent developments have shown that television will now be in "three-dimensions," so that individuals who view TV can be full immersed in the movie or show they are watching ("ho Needs It"). But is that even necessary when nine out of ten homes have televisions in their homes…… [Read More]
The common point-of-view is more focused on the negative impact of social networking than on its advantages. O'Keeffe and Clarke-Pearson (800)
argue that this is as a result of social networking influencing teenagers and adolescents more negatively and the positive effects that it brings. They state that "daily overuse of social media has negative impact on health, and physical growth of teens and preteens." Recent research also shows that teenagers are fond of expressing negative offline behaviors in the online social networks. These include the formation of cliques, sexual experimentation, peer pressure and bullying. In addition to this, there are other new behaviors that are introduced as a result of their use of social networks such as privacy issues, internet addiction, and "sexting." These teenagers feel comfortable in these social networks and thus are easily drawn to these behaviors and have difficulty in withdrawing when they are needed to. However,…… [Read More]