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One fifth of teens put own naked pics online

Teens are using the internet to post naked pics
Teens are using the internet to post naked pics
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A survey of 1,280 teenagers has shown that 20 per cent of them have posted naked pictures of themselves online and sent them to other people.

The survey, conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com, showed that nude videos had also been posted, and when adults are included the number rises by over 30 per cent.

A majority of those photos and videos posted are for a partner's eyes only, with around 70 per cent of male and female teenagers citing the conditions.

However, a worrying 15 per cent said they'd sent the photos to people they had met online.

Passed around

And don't think that these images are sacred... around 25 per cent of girls and 33 per cent of boys surveyed said they had been shown pics meant for someone else.

However, in young male adults, this number rises to 40 per cent... possibly as men show off their 'conquests' to peers.

The advent of digital photography means that a photo isn't a singular instance any more, and anything sent over the 'net could come back to haunt you in the future... so it's probably best to think twice before hitting 'send'.


Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.