Senior Research Specialist Amanda Lenhart
and Bryan Taylor, Unit Chief for Crimes Against Persons in the Canyon County Prosecutors Office, talked about online dangers faced by today's teens
, including sexting (sending sexually suggestive photos or videos via text message) and cyberbullying. You can listen to the show online here
Lenhart said that threatening behavior from other teens--such as cyberbulling and sexting--are more prevalent than online predation by strangers.
"We are dealing with a group of people who are developing," said Lenhart. "They are experimenting, they're taking risks, they're experimenting with sexuality. You add technology into the mix and it's not particularly surprising that they're using these things that are in their pockets with them every moment of the day -- the way they mostly communicate with their friends -- to explore this other part of themselves."
"Basically what's happening is that we are making visible, because of the technology, things that have been going on for a very long time in the lives of our teens."
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