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Sexting becoming a main concern for parents of teens

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According to a new study from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, sexting has risen to the sixth biggest concern parents have for their teens.

“Oh my gosh, horrible. Like I was doing something wrong or horrible or something like that,” said Lekoya Lane.

Lane was upset when she saw her 15-year-old daughter's phone and caught her sexting.

“Cause I see my kids as kids... Babies. So they're growing up fast,” Lane said.

Stacy Athens is sexual assault therapist.

“Why wouldn't you be concerned? Children aren't respecting their bodies, they're not respecting themselves,” Athens said.

Athens said she sees cases of teens and pre-teens sexting all the time. But, it can be a gateway to predators and sexual assault.

“A lot of the teens and it correlates with low self-esteem, some boundary issues, not understanding healthy relationships,” Athens said.

A huge contributing factor to teens sexting is access to a cell phone much earlier in life.

“It's based on the responsibility of the child,” Athens said. “How responsible is the kid, and that's up to the parents to decide. Sometimes the more access to technology and internet and social media, the more that gate of uncertainty opens for kids.”

Lane said she wishes she didn't have to worry about it with her two girls.

“Basically their safety,” Lane said.

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