From Nicola Döring’s (2014) article: Table describing all 50 sexting papers (2009-2013) from the PsycINFO and PubMed databases 

Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and Studies of youth

Albury, K., & Crawford, K. (2012). Sexting, consent and young people’s ethics: Beyond Megan’s Story. Continuum, 26(3), 463-473.

Albury, K., Funnell, N., & Noonan, E. (2010). The politics of sexting: young people, self-representation and citizenship. Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Canberra.

Bond, E. (2011). The mobile phone = bike shed? Children, sex and mobile phones. New Media & Society, 13(4), 587-604.

Colley, A., Todd, Z., White, A., et al. (2010). Communication Using Camera Phones Among Young Men and Women: Who Sends What to Whom? Sex Roles, 63(5-6), 348-360.

Cupples, J., & Thompson, L. (2010). Heterotextuality and Digital Foreplay: Cell phones and the culture of teenage romance. Feminist Media Studies, 10(1), 1-17.

Dake, J. A., Price, J. H., Maziarz, L., et al. (2012). Prevalence and Correlates of Sexting Behavior in Adolescents. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7(1), 1-15.

Draper, N. R. A. (2012). Is your teen at risk? Discourses of adolescent sexting in United States television news. Journal of Children and Media, 6(2), 221-236.

Döring, N. (2014). Consensual sexting among adolescents: Risk prevention through abstinence education or safer sexting? Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 8(1).

Drouin, M., & Landgraff, C. (2011). Texting, sexting, and attachment in college students’ romantic relationships. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(2), 444-449.

Gatti, J. (2009). The MTV-Associated digital abuse study. A Thin Line  [Report].

Henderson, L. (2011). Sexting and Sexual Relationships Among Teens and Young Adults. McNair Scholars Research Journal, 7, 31-39.

Hudson, H. K. (2011). Factors Affecting Sexting Behaviors.

Karaian, L. (2012). Lolita speaks: ‘Sexting,’ teenage girls and the law. Crime Media Culture, 8(1), 57-73.

Lenhart, A. (2009, December 15). Teens and Sexting: How and why minor teens are sending sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images via text messaging. Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Lunceford, Brett. “The New Pornographers: New Media, Sexual Expression, and the Law.” In The Ethics of Emerging Media: Information, Social Norms and New Media Technology, edited by Kathleen German and Bruce Drushel, 99-118. New York: Continuum, 2011.

Lunceford, Brett. “Sex in the Digital Age: Media Ecology and Megan’s Law.” Explorations in Media Ecology, 9, no. 4 (2010): 239-44.

Lynn, R. (2010). Constructing Parenthood in Moral Panics of Youth, Digital Media, and ‘Sexting’. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association.

Mitchell, K. J., Finkelhor, D., Jones, L. M., et al. (2012). Prevalence and Characteristics of Youth Sexting: A National Study. Pediatrics, 129(1).

Powell, A. (2010). Sex, power, and consent: Youth culture and the unwritten rules. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Powell, A. (2010). Configuring Consent: Emerging Technologies, Unauthorised Sexual Images and Sexual Assault. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 43(1), 76–90.

Reyns, B. W., Burekb, M. W., Hensonc, B., et al. (2011). The unintended consequences of digital technology: Exploring the relationship between sexting and cybervictimization. Journal of Crime and Justice, 00, 1-17 (accessed 13 April 2012).

Ringrose, J., Gill, R., Livingstone, S., et al. (2012). A qualitative study of children, young people and ‘sexting:’ A report prepared for the NSPCC. London: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Slane, A. (2009). Sexting, Teens And A Proposed Offence Of Invasion Of Privacy. IP Osgoode  March 9.

Strassberg, D., McKinnon, R., Sustaita, M., et al. (2012). Sexting by High School Students: An Exploratory and Descriptive Study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-7.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (2008). Sex and Tech: Results from a survey of teens and young adults. Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Thomas, K. (2009). Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey: Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Parental Controls [report].

Walker, S., Sanci, L., & Temple-Smith, M. (2011). Sexting and young people: Experts’ views. Youth Studies Australia, 30(4).

Weisskirch, R. S., & Delevi, R. (2011). “Sexting” and adult romantic attachment. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 1697–1701.

Wolak, J., Finkelhor, D., & Mitchell, K. J. (2012). How Often Are Teens Arrested for Sexting? Data From a National Sample of Police Cases. Pediatrics, 129(1).

Legal analysis

Backus, M. S. (2009). OMG! Missing the Teachable Moment and Undermining the Future of the First Amendment–TISNF! Case Western Reserve Law Review, 60.

Calvert, C. (2009). Sex, cell phones, privacy, and the first amendment: When children become child pornographers and the Lolita effect undermines the law. CommLaw Conspectus, 18, 1-65.

Geyer, H. (2009). Sexting: The Ineffectiveness of Child Pornography Laws Juvenile Justice E-Newsletter.

Hartsock, R. (2010). Sext Ed.: Students’ Fourth Amendment Rights in a Technological Age. Northern Kentucky Law Review, 37.

Humbach, J. A. (2010). ‘Sexting’ and the First Amendment. Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 37.

Kimpel, A. F. (2010). Using laws designed to protect as a weapon: Prosecuting minors under child pornography laws. New York University Review of Law & Social Change, 34.

Kowalczyk W. (2010) Abridging Constitutional Rights: Sexting Legislation In Ohio. Cleveland State Law Review 58: 685-716.

Leary, M. G. (2007). Self-produced child pornography: The appropriate societal response to juvenile self-sexual exploitation. Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, 15, 1-50.

Leary, M. G. (2010). Sexting or self-produced child pornography? The dialog continues–structured prosecutorial discretion within a multidisciplinary response. Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, 17.

McBeth, I. A. (2010). Prosecute the cheerleader, save the world?: Asserting federal jurisdiction over child pornography crimes committed through “sexting”. University of Richmond Law Review, 44.

McLaughlin J (2010) Crime and punishment: Teen sexting in context. Penn State Law Review 115(1): 135−181

Neil, M. (2009). ‘Sexting’ Cases Put Pa. Prosecutor on ACLU’s Litigation List. American Bar Association Journal (March 25).

O’Connor, K. M. (2010). OMG They searched my txts: Unraveling the search and seizure of text messages. University of Illinois Law Review.

Reitz, K. (2008, February 13). Protocols Needed in Online Child Self-Exploitation Cases, Says Leary. News & Events  [press release and MP3 file].

Richards, R. D., & Calvert, C. (2009). When Sex and Cell Phones Collide: Inside the Prosecution of a Teen Sexting Case. Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, 32, 1.

Sacco, D. T., Argudin, R., Maguire, J., et al. (2010, June 22). Sexting: Youth Practices and Legal Implications. Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative, Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Shafron-Perez, S. (2009). Average teenager or sex offender? Solutions to the legal dilemma caused by sexting. The John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, 26, 431-453.

Smith, S. (2008). Jail for juvenile child pronographers?: A reply to professor Leary. Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, 15, 505-544.

Stone, N., & Building, E. F. (2011). The ‘Sexting’ Quagmire: Criminal Justice Responses to Adolescents’ Electronic Transmission of Indecent Images in the UK and the USA. Youth Justice, 11(3), 266-281.

Strong, H. S. (2010). Casenote: “Sexting” to Minors in a Rapidly Evolving Digital Age: Frix v. State Establishes the Applicability of Georgia’s Obscenity Statutes to Text Messages. Mercer Law Review, 61.

Stuart, M. (2010). Saying, wearing, watching, and doing: Equal first amendment protection for coming out, having sex, and possessing child pornography. Florida Coastal Law Review, 11.

Wastler, S. (2010). The harm in “sexting”?: Analyzing the constitutionality of child pornography statutes that prohibit the voluntary production, possession, and dissemination of sexually explicit images by teenagers. Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, 33.

Weins, W. J., & Hiestand, T. C. (2009). Sexting, Statutes, and Saved by the Bell: Introducing a Lesser Juvenile Charge with an “Aggravating Factors” Framework. Tennessee Law Review, 77, 1-56.

Wood, R. H. (2009). The failure of sexting criminalization: A plea for the exercise of prosecutorial restraint. Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, 16.

Wood, R. H. (2010). The first amendment implications of sexting at public schools: A quandary for administrators who intercept visual love notes. Journal of Law and Policy, 18.

4 thoughts on “Sexting

  1. If you’d like to provide a link to my article on Sexting and the First Amendment, it is online at: SSRN:

    You might also find interest in a more recent publication: “Teens, Porn and Videogames: Time to Rethink Ginsberg?” It’s online at:
    The basic thesis of the latter article is that the Supreme Court case giving states carte blanche to restrict adolscent access to sexually themed material (“Ginsberg v. New York (1968)”) is out of harmony with modern First Amendment priniciples, and it may may need to be revisited.

  2. Good to see another comm scholar working on sexting! Here are a few more articles for you:

    Lunceford, Brett. “The New Pornographers: New Media, Sexual Expression, and the Law.” In The Ethics of Emerging Media: Information, Social Norms and New Media Technology, edited by Kathleen German and Bruce Drushel, 99-118. New York: Continuum, 2011.

    Lunceford, Brett. “Sex in the Digital Age: Media Ecology and Megan’s Law.” Explorations in Media Ecology, 9, no. 4 (2010): 239-44.

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