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Parents often have a hard time deciding when the "right time" to talk to their kids about sex and sex related issues is.  However, it seems more parents are waiting too long, rather than too soon.  Keep in mind the study was conducted in a state that is known to be highly conservative, and other states and/or cities may have a earlier onset of sexually suggesting behavior than the participants in this study.  It is also important to remember that the junior high school and high school years are traditionally difficult times for young people, and he mental anguish that occurs when a person is ridiculed or made fun of by their peers can be very traumatic on them.  Something as simple as a late night sext message can turn quickly be disseminated to their peers and place them is a humiliated light that is magnified by an already difficult period of time in their life.


Sexting starts as young as 12 years old for some kids, a new study says. A study published this month in the journal Pediatrics looked at the texting and sexual behaviors of 420 children between the ages of 12 and 14 with "symptoms of behavioral or emotional difficulties" in Rhode Island. Of study participants, 22 percent said they had sexted in the last six months, 17 percent had sent suggestive texts, and 5 percent sent suggestive photos in their texts. Study authors said adolescents who participated in such messages were more likely to also engage in other sexual acts. While sexting may not necessarily lead to engagement in sexual acts, it may be an indicator of such behavior. 2013 research from the Guttmacher Institute claims that teens now are waiting longer to have sex than those in the recent past. From 2006 to 2008, only 11 percent of 15- to 19-year-old teenage girls and 14 percent of males of the same age had sex before they were 15 years old; that's compared to 19 and 21 percent of 15- to 19-year-old girls and 15- to 19-year-old boys, respectively, in 1995 had sex before age 15. Teens who engage in sexual acts may be practicing safer sex, too. The teen birth rate in Rhode Island experienced a 52 percent decrease from 1991 to 2011, according to Office of Adolescent Health. The study authors warned, however, that the behavior that can become dangerous. "Although adolescents may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their lack of maturity and inattention to consequences can quickly lead to serious negative outcomes," they wrote. Sexting poses dangers to both the sender and receiver, as it can spur bullying, or be classified as child porn, among other problems. Authors suggest starting the discussion about appropriate digital and sexual behaviors before adolescence. Parents can also monitor their children's phone and Internet use to curb bad digital behaviors.

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Fresno DUI Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Fresno area law enforcement agencies have some of the strictest DUI enforcement policies in the Nation. The first decision an officer makes during the DUI enforcement is the decision to stop the vehicle. It may be a driving pattern, maintenance infraction, tinted windows, or other issues the lead the officer to make that decision. The next decision is whether to have the driver exit the vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation. Factors include odor or alcohol, red watery eyes, and slurred speech. Timely stopping, parking, and fumbling with a license or insurance paperwork, all influence the officers decision to continue the investigation. Once outside the vehicle the subject may sway or have trouble following directions. At the conclusion of the third stage, the officer decides if there is probable cause for an arrest. If you are arrested, there are steps you should take on your own behalf. It is important for anyone cited for DUI to contact the DMV within 10 days to preserve their right to an Admin Per Se Hearing in front of a DMV officer. Failure to contact the DMV within 10 days may result in the suspension of your driving privilege. Remember, the officer arrests at probable cause, but it takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. If the officer does their job right, a large percentage of the people should be found not guilty.

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