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June 6, 2009 | CHRIS ERSKINE
Keeping a relationship alive these days isn't easy. So, in an effort to demonstrate my commitment, I just sexted my wife of 27 years -- that is, I have sent her a revealing photo taken with my cellphone. Love, says H.L. Mencken, is merely "a state of perceptual anesthesia." Now, I know my parents would never approve, but I don't care anymore what they think. They're not the boss of me. And I don't see what's so wrong with sexting.
October 25, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
What would TV do without Anthony Weiner? The disgraced former congressman and failed mayoral candidate, otherwise known as "Carlos Danger," has fueled countless hours of cable-news coverage, of course, but his technological antics have also provided fodder for scripted series including “The Good Wife,” Law & Order SVU” and now “Scandal.” We live in a heyday for political dramas on television and Weiner is the gift that keeps on giving ...
June 1, 2009
Let's talk about "sexting." It's the practice of teenagers, usually girls, sending nude or semi-nude photos of themselves, often to boys, usually by cellphone. And it's common: 20% of teens participating in a survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy had either sent or posted nude pictures of themselves. Those for whom this trend is news might be wondering: Whatever happened to streaking? Or mooning? Or skinny-dipping?
October 24, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Stop the presses: There's some good news about teens and sexting. Fewer teens and young adults have received sexual messages or other forms of “sexting” than a few years ago, according to a new survey of nearly 1,300 people ages 14 to 24. Two years ago, 32% said they had been involved in some form of sexting; this year that number fell to 26%. Pollsters also found fewer numbers of teens and young adults had suffered from digital rumors,...
August 19, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
For its 100th anniversary, the Oxford English Dictionary is proving it's still hip with the times by adding some tech-centric terms to its pages. Cyberbullying, sexting, retweet, textspeak and woot have joined the ranks as real words, along with some 400 new entries the OED has added to its 12th edition. "These additions are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date," OED said in an online statement, describing itself as a word curator that had always "sought primarily to cover the language of its own time.
June 9, 2009
Re "Keeping an eye on 'sexting,' " Editorial, June 1 Your editorial caught my eye. I've never truly listened because I did not think the issue of sexting would affect me. After reading the article, I was wrong. It made me wonder: Are parents regulating cellphone use as much as they used to? I wasn't allowed to have a cellphone until I was able to drive, and then it was for emergencies only. Nowadays, there are 5- and 6-year-olds with more high-tech cellphones than most grown-ups.
July 3, 2012 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
It might not come as a surprise to any parent who has caught their teen-age child red-handed and red-faced while sending a sexually explicit text message, but a new study is suggesting that “sexting” is prevalent among adolescents.    A report published online Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests that the sending and receiving of sexual photos and messages via cellphone and computer, or sexting, is common among teens and may be linked to their sexual behaviors.
March 28, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
The social-media world is where many children and teens today spend much of their time. That means moms and dads have to develop a different parenting game plan than their own parents used, pediatricians said Monday. Social media aren't bad things, the report notes, allowing kids to make friends, raise money for a good cause, get help with homework, share interests and forge their unique identities. On the flip side, there are the risks of cyber-bullying, sexting, Internet addiction, depression and loss of sleep from spending too much time online.
April 15, 2010 | By David Kelly
Four teenage boys in Yucaipa have been cited for posting nude and seminude pictures of their classmates on the Internet, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The case, which came to light Monday, involved eight girls ages 14 and 15 who attend Yucaipa High School's 9th Grade Campus. "The girls were taking photos of themselves and sending them to their friends," said sheriff's spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire.
October 1, 2011 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
It's still illegal for Florida teenagers to send sexually explicit photos, but they can now avoid severe penalties under a new state law that takes effect Saturday. Previously, a minor who sent or received an explicit photo could have been charged with a felony and been forced to register as a sex offender, said state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, a Democrat, who wrote the bill. Under the new law, which passed in June, a first offense is noncriminal and is punishable by up to eight hours of community service or a $60 fine.
July 23, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
Let's just be happy, for a moment, that at least this time Anthony Weiner didn't blame Al Qaeda. In 2011, when allegations first arose that Weiner had been sending inappropriate messages and pictures to several women, he vehemently denied them. Weiner, a member of Congress at that point, even attempted to shift the blame onto Al Qaeda: This was a prank intended to derail me or distract me, whatever it is. It is not a federal case. Now maybe it will turn out, forgive me, maybe it will turn out that this is the point of Al Qaeda's sword.
July 23, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress after admitting to lewd online flings with women only to resurface this year as a leading mayoral hopeful, apologized Tuesday after admitting to at least one more such relationship.  Weiner, who in most polls has been at or near the front in the race to become New York City's next mayor, released a statement after online gossip site published what it said were messages and photographs...
June 13, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Orange County authorities are seeking any additional alleged victims of a longtime baseball coach accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to two teenage boys. The district attorney's office said Edwin Alan Wikstrom, 53, of Anaheim was to be arraigned Thursday on two felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor. He was being held in Orange County Central Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Wikstrom has been a baseball coach in Anaheim and Lakewood for more than 30 years, authorities said.
May 22, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose once-shining political career collapsed after lewd online relationships with women forced him to resign from Congress two years ago, entered New York's mayoral race Wednesday with promises to make the city "the middle-class capital of the world. " Weiner made his announcement via a video posted on YouTube overnight, ensuring he would not be subjected to the heckling that erupted when he held a news conference to announce his resignation in June 2011.
May 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Hector Becerra
A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday on suspicion of distributing nude photos of four teenage girls through Twitter, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said. The boy, a student at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of distributing obscene matter depicting a minor engaging in or simulating sexual conduct. Sheriff's department officials said two of the girls in the photos sent him nude photos of themselves through text message.
May 10, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
The investigation this week of a high school student in San Bernardino County for allegedly posting photos of nude underage girls on social media shed light on a problem that law enforcement says is widespread. About a year ago, as many as four teenage boys who were friends and played on a high school sports team were arrested in the San Fernando Valley for selling digital albums with images of naked juvenile girls, said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andrea Grossman, commander of the regional Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
September 17, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
Hopeful parents, a new study has bad news for you: According to a study of Los Angeles area youth ages 12 to 18, kids who "sext" are not using it as a replacement for actual sex. In fact, the study shows that those who admit to sexting are significantly more likely to also say they engage in sexual intercourse. That result may seem obvious, but some researchers hadn't previously been convinced. They wondered if kids might use sexting as a safer but still thrilling activity that would partially replace sex in their lives, allowing them to interact in an explicit fashion with their peers without the risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
May 18, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
With his gaze fixed on a tiny screen, hearing plugged by earbuds and fingers flying, the average teenager may look like a disaster in the making: socially stunted, terminally distracted and looking for trouble. But look beyond the dizzying array of beeping, buzzing devices and the incessant multitasking, say psychologists, and today's digital kids may not be such a disaster after all. Far from hampering adolescents' social skills or putting them in harm's way, as many parents have feared, electronics appear to be the path by which children today develop emotional bonds, their own identities, and an ability to communicate and work with others.
March 1, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Who 'sexts'? And who cares, besides former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's wife? It turns out that a fair number of people send the cryptic and racy messages, and behavioral scientists who study issues as varied as sexual mores, shame and suicide are curious. Depending on your definition of sexting (Words only? Photos?) and what groups you're surveying, 2.5% to 25% of the population sends them and 7% to 34.5% receives them (some, accidentally). And that's just the folks who admit it. A recent report suggests that almost 40% of young people reported sending such messages, and almost 50% reported receiving them.
December 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Want to send a saucy photo? Facebook is looking at a way to do it discreetly. The 1-billion-user social network is reportedly set to release a new app before Jan. 1 that will be similar to Snapchat, an app often used to send "sexts," or sexually explicit content, according to All Things D , citing unnamed sources. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? Snapchat, which has grown in popularity in recent months, allows users to send pictures and videos that disappear after a set time period.
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