A study from the journal "Pediatrics" found that sexting is the new normal - or "first base" - in the sexual development of teenagers.

According to the research, those who engaged in sexting - sending nude or racy pictures or messages electronically - were more likely to also engage in sexual behavior, although not necessarily high-risk sexual behavior.


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On Outnumbered today, Harris Faulkner said she keeps a close eye on her five and seven-year-old daughters, even to the point of using spyware on their electronics.

"I don't think there's any shame in that game," Faulkner said. "I think as parents we have to be as involved as possible. And if the kids don't like it, it's not a democracy yet. Not until you're 18. Or, in my dad's house, 30."

"You just gotta be there," James Denton said. "Be there hands-on, be involved, be a snoop."


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Faulker said the conversation about sexuality should be ongoing, but parents can ask "what if?" and have those discussions before issues such as sexting even arise.

"If this is first base - sexting - I'd hate to see what second base is," Andrea Tantaros remarked.

Watch the clip from Outnumbered above.


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