September 7, 2016
The Christian Post: Sexting Has Become 'Rite of Passage' for Teens, Internet Safety Activist Warns Parents
A leading internet safety advocate is warning parents about the dangers of sexting, saying that it has become a "rite of passage" among teens.
"Internet pornography has become the wallpaper of our children's lives from a very early age," said Donna Rice Hughes in an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
"Here is the reality: Parents are often the last ones to know and to understand that their own children are not immune to internet dangers, whatever they are."
Hughes, president of Enough is Enough, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the internet safe for children, noted that troubling research shows both youth and adults regard sexting as normal.
Now that prominent public officials have also been caught doing this, she believes that sending sexually explicit messages and pictures has become an unfortunate rite of passage of sorts among today's youth now that so many are connected to the internet all the time...