Teen Sexting Suicide: Mom Speaks Out

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sexting, cell phoneThe most heartbreaking of stories and proof the that "sexting" trend among teens (sending nude/sexual photos via cell phone), has gotten way, way out of control.

This morning on the Today Show, Matt Lauer held an interview with Cynthia Logan, mother of the 18-year-old girl, Jesse Logan, who hung herself last July after her ex-boyfriend sent her nude picture to other girls in school. For months she was tortured by their ridicule and harassment until finally she took her own life.

The mom, still distraught about her daughter's death, wants to raise awareness about the escalating sexting problem.

MSNBC reports: Last fall, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy surveyed teens and young adults about sexting — sending sexually charged material via cell phone text messages — or posting such materials online. The results revealed that 39 percent of teens are sending or posting sexually suggestive messages, and 48 percent reported receiving such messages.

Another major issue for teen sexters is that if caught they could be prosecuted on child porn charges and left with a sexual predator stigma that could potentially follow them a lifetime.

Do you monitor your teen's cell phone usage? Have you had the "sexting" talk?

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