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1 in 10 Teens Has Posted Nude Photos Online

OMG! 1 in 10 Teens Posts Nude Pics Online

A study has uncovered a shocking predictable reality: teenagers do stupid things! The new survey results out yesterday from Common Sense Media reveal that one in 10 teens has posted a nude or seminude photo of themselves or someone else online. And thanks to technology, these teens will be stuck with their mistakes well past their carefree youth.

Just like a crazy tattoo you get when you're young, the images teens post online can stay with them forever. "Deleting" a photo will never get rid of the embarrassing pic completely, so when these kids get older, they'll never know what a curious future employer or college admissions officer will come across.

I guess these oversharing teens just have to hope that the people deciding their futures also have embarrassing photos of themselves floating around on the Internet. And judging by this survey, it won't be long until many do . . . we just have to wait for today's teens to grow up and become the employers and admissions officers!

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lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
what kind of phone doesn't take pictures? seriously, is there one. i think kids make mistakes and you can only protect them for so long and warn them so many times. my guess is that the same kids that do this will be the ones saying "yeah that was me. i look hot, don't i!?" and they won't care. ever. besides, it'a illegal to post naked pictures of underage people, so i think the circle the pictures were shared with would be pretty small.
janneth janneth 8 years
Parents of teens need to spell it out to them, in words, the actions and their possible consequences.
PontNeuf PontNeuf 8 years
Ho hum. We've been hearing these sorts of stories for years. I'm fairly certain that it won't be long before everybody is naked online and we can all get on with our lives.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
I don't care if you are a teen, you should know better.At 14 I knew that if you want to get somewhere in life you have to be cautious of your actions because they will hunt you. Facebook and myspace and all those social networks are not necessary good. You don't need to put your business out there.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Duh. That's just common sense.
arianamarie arianamarie 8 years
i'd kill my daughter or child...
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
Dane Cook said it best:
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Honestly, in general, I have done nothing that would ever harm my future or something that I would feel ashamed of, or something my parents would disown me for. Posting nude pics on the internet is just dumb. It gets in the wrong hands, and you are setting yourself up for disaster. If you're a student, this can even help to get you kicked out of school. I know someone it happened to. It's highly inappropriate behavior -- no matter how sexy you think you are, no matter how honest and open and friendly you think the people you are showing them to are. I was a teen in the era of Britney/Christina/Jessica. People started dressing slutty and doing things just like this -- but now it's more main stream as the people they are copying get younger and younger. Teenagers should learn how to be themselves and learn that what you see in the media is not real life. Once you grasp that concept, you start to not care. As a teen, I was "popular", well liked -- and it did not take a single nude pic to make someone think I was pretty or make a guy like me. But yeah, none of that BS for me.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 8 years
UGH, we have a world where we are more used to seeing sex and provocative imagery than we are ANYTHING else. So these girls growing up watching people like mylie cyrus in her no offense to anyone but slutty clothes for a teenager, and nicole sherzinger and people like that running around in half tops and singing about sexual things and thrusting against poles and we WONDER why it is that teenage girls thing that being an over sexed ho bag is appropriate and the correct way to act.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
exactly why you dont give teens cell phones with photo capability.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 8 years
We've all done things that have registered on the stupid meter. But, the consequences today are so much greater than in past years. Offers and scholarships have been revoked. Jobs have been lost, due to rantings on a Facebook page. Plus, I had heard rumors of kids being charged with possession of child porno because of the naked pictures on the phones. (I thought I read about this, but I cannot substantiate the claim. I know Law and Order SVU did a show about it, though.) People aren't thinking when they get inked, either. My sister got a flower on her foot. Ok. On the other hand, I had a young man come through my factory with a naked lady stretching from his forearm to his bicep. ICK!!! (I'm not trying to ignite a debate on tattoos. But, you have to think before you ink!!!) All this technology is having a detrimental effect on many young minds, including my own. Powerful technology+a developing brain=trouble in a lot of cases (Again, I am aware that not everyone is affect in this way. However, the reported cases of sexting and the related fallout are increasing at an alarming rate each year. )
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