Teens and 'Sexting' in New Zealand: Prevalence and Attitudes

Netsafe. (2017). Teens and “sexting” in New Zealand: Prevalence and attitudes. Wellington, NZ: Netsafe, ISBN: 978-0-473-42410-7

36 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2018 Last revised: 18 Aug 2018

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Edgar Pacheco

Netsafe, New Zealand

Neil Melhuish

Netsafe, New Zealand

Date Written: December 1, 2017

Abstract

Over the last ten years the sharing of nude images or videos (sometimes known as “sexting”) by young people has emerged as a concern. Despite this, no research had been conducted on the prevalence of the sharing of nudes among young New Zealanders. This study addresses this and raises important questions for all those with a role in supporting young people’s healthy development. We believe this report makes an important contribution to the overall understanding of young people’s experience of these behaviours. However, it only provides a snapshot, and more work is required to understand how best to support young people as they navigate the challenges and potential risks. This report is being released as part of a larger project exploring young people’s experiences of digital risk and harm, carried out by a partnership between Netsafe and the Ministry for Women.

Keywords: sexting, naked images, sexting behaviour, social media, digital communication, internet, youth, adolescence

Suggested Citation

Pacheco, Edgar and Melhuish, Neil, Teens and 'Sexting' in New Zealand: Prevalence and Attitudes (December 1, 2017). Netsafe. (2017). Teens and “sexting” in New Zealand: Prevalence and attitudes. Wellington, NZ: Netsafe, ISBN: 978-0-473-42410-7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3128598 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3128598

Edgar Pacheco (Contact Author)

Netsafe, New Zealand ( email )

Shortland St
PO Box 124
Auckland, 1140
New Zealand

HOME PAGE: http://www.netsafe.org.nz

Neil Melhuish

Netsafe, New Zealand ( email )

PO Box 124
Shortland St
Auckland, 1140
New Zealand

HOME PAGE: http://netsafe.org.nz

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