Sexting (defined as sending someone sexually explicit photographs or messages via cell phone) is the new norm for teenagers today, specifically high school age teenagers. Why may you ask is this more common today than in recent generations? One theory has been linked to all of the mature material that adolescents have access to on the social media websites and apps today. Did you know that most apps contain pornography that is not even blocked?
Some of the reasons that teenagers partake in sexting via the cell phone include: popularity, low self-esteem, the need for instant gratification, and peer pressure. Another trend today we are seeing is teenagers are “hiding their nudes” in these “ghost apps” that are stored on their devices. These are apps that appear to look like an ordinary photo on the device (the calculator icon was the most common one), but low and behold a password is