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Another study shows teens who "sext" tend to be sexually active

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A new study says that teenagers who send or receive sexually explicit text messages, or ""sext"" messages, are more likely to engage in sexual activity.

The study by researchers in California, looked at more than 1,800 high school students in Los Angeles.  15% of students with cell phones said they had "sext".  54% of students with cell phones said they knew somebody who had sent a "sext".

The study also found that teenagers who had "sext" were more likely to report being sexually active.  They also were more likely to engage in unprotected sex, compared to those students who did not "sext".

Researchers say parents and pediatricians should bring the topic of "sexting" up with teenagers, especially when discussing sexually activity.

Sexting is against the law.  If children are caught sending sexually-explicit messages, they can face legal trouble.

Complete findings for this study can be found in the journal, "Pediatrics."

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