Report: Number of teens sexting is going up

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Sexting. It could be happening more.

According to a recent report, the number of teens under the age of 18 who are sexting is going up. That means minors are sending and receiving explicit messages and images that could get them into serious trouble.

According to the American Medical Association, 27 percent of teens are receiving explicit messages and pictures, 15 percent of teens admit to sending those texts, and 1 in 10 are forwarding sexts.

The 15th Circuit Solicitors Office tells NBC 15 News a casual text message can lead to years in prison.

The main thing the Sheriff's Office advises parents to do is simply talk to your children about the problem before it starts.