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Alarming new study about sexting and teenagers

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - About 30 percent of teenagers are receiving sexts, and 15 percent are sending them.

That's according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers looked at 39 different studies to get this information.

But, here's the part that may disturb parents most:

Approximately one in eight kids reports either forwarding or having a sext forwarded without consent.

The authors didn't look into the reasons why kids sext, though sheer adolescence may explain some of it.  

But it has been shown to predict sexual activity, and may be associated with health outcomes and risky behavior.