We have seen that for some teens, getting a Facebook earlier (around age 13-14) and having parents set rules around how it is used can help that teen learn to use it in a safe way. Megan Moreno: I think that a couple concepts can help parents navigate those tricky monitoring approaches.
Where they’re at Many parents are surprised to find that their children are sexual beings from birth, says Tara Johnson, a sexuality education specialist with the Region of Peel Public Health in Brampton, Ont.
Some families get phone earlier for safety reasons, even in elementary school if the child walks home alone or something like that.
A good strategy if you get a phone young is that it doesn't have to be a smartphone, and doesn't even need to have texting.
It’s important to keep in mind, too – whether or not sexting is illegal for people of any age in your state, province, or country – there can be significant psychological consequences, if coercion’s involved or if consensual sexting turns into a violation of trust between two people (if one partner later shares photos without the other’s consent).
There’s a broad range of motivations behind sexting – from digital flirting or attention-seeking to an aspect of sexual interplay to dating abuse or blackmail.