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Jan 6, 2014 6:03 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Parents should check kids' cell phones for "sext" messages

Parents should start checking their middle schoolers' phones for "sext" messages, according to a new study.

Researchers at Lifespan in Rhode Island found one in five at-risk seventh graders had participated in "sexting."

"Sexting" is where someone sends sexual pictures or messages.

At-risk teens are defined as those who have low self-esteem and a higher perception of approval for sexual behaviors.

The study also found teens who "sexted" were four to seven times more likely to engage in sexual behaviors.

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.

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