Oh boy…

Teens who sexted were more likely to be sexually active, and some were more likely to engage in risky sex. He found that 15% of teens who had access to a cell phone had sexted, and 54% reported knowing someone who had sent a sext.

Kathleen Doheny reports on a study published this week in Pediatrics that will hopefully alert parents and pediatricians of one more thing to worry about.

And now that I have your attention:

“The Internet is the new street corner, and I tell everyone that going down to 14th Street” — the street once known for prostitution in the District of Columbia — “is nothing more than going to your browser now,” said Sgt. Ken Penrod, a vice detective with the Montgomery County, Md., police.

The bold step of ordering up a prostitute on an iPhone often begins as early as middle school, when legions of boys start downloading porn.

Petula Dvorak wrote a rather chilling piece in last Sunday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Porn is everywhere. You click on a link for “Cute Animal Videos” and bam! you get barnyard acts by naked humans (true story — happened to me with the kids on the iPad this summer). Any child of any age with a Nook, a Kindle or an iPad can go from Word Search or Angry Birds to graphic, violent, degrading sex videos in just two clicks.

And she concludes:

“You used to have to go to the other side of town to go to the video store. That was a statement by our society. There were a lot of physical barriers. And that’s all gone now, there are no physical barriers between the child and adult world.”

Brace yourself and read article: