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Smartphones a New Risky Avenue for Sex Among Teens

The use of smartphones is associated with an increased likelihood of being solicited for sex on the Internet, and having sex with an Internet-met partner among teens, according to new research released at the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting.

Overall, one-third of all participants use their cell phones to access the Internet (i.e., have smartphones).

“We—parents, health educators, physicians—must recognize that cell phones are yet another new way for adolescents to meet sex partners,” said Hailey Winetrobe, MPH, CHES, researcher at University of Southern California and a presenter. “Parents and school health professionals should talk to their teens about being safe in meeting people online and in using condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.”

via Smartphones a New Risky Avenue for Sex Among Teens.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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