37% of kids who own a smartphone exposed to sexting by age 13: study

by Daniel Payne · Dec 18th, 2019 2:18 pm
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More than one-third of children who own a smartphone have been exposed to "sexting," or sexual text messages, by the time they are 13, according to a new study.

The data come from Jiminy, a parental control app that allows parents to regulate the content their children see on the internet. The company monitored tens of millions of text messages over a period of months, as well as a million and a half hours of audio communication.

The company found that 14.8 percent of children with a smartphone had sent or received a sexual message by age 10 and that 37.2 percent had sent or received a sexual message by age 13.