sex·​ting | \ ˈsek-stiŋ How to pronounce sexting (audio) \

Definition of sexting

: the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone

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Coerced sexting by aggressors who pressure or manipulate their victims can be harmful, triggering guilt, shame and embarrassment. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 While boys are sometimes bullied or shamed over sexting, girls are more likely to be victimized. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 As more teens get involved in sexting, parents’ worries about the trend are mounting even faster. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 Exhibition and exploitation seem painfully linked in an era where selfies are the norm and sexting scandals have become banal. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Dangers of Parenting a Beautiful Daughter," 6 June 2017 His laptop was being analyzed by FBI investigators as part of a separate sexting investigation involving a teenage girl. NBC News, "Watchdog report to blame Comey, FBI for Clinton probe delay," 21 May 2018 There’s science to support the use of sexting as a tool to help mend marital issues, too. NBC News, "How to use sexting to improve your marriage," 21 Apr. 2018 Toepfer resigned last October after a sexting scandal involving him and two other people. Jeanne Houck,, "New treasurer joins Forest Hills Schools Nov. 1," 9 July 2018 This is why kids get into trouble with sexting, cyberbullying or documenting their own misdeeds. Jeanne Whalen, WSJ, "Is Screen Time Bad for Children’s Mental Health?," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of sexting

2005, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sexting

blend of sex and texting

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