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New sexting laws could put college students at risk

More than half of all college students have received sexually suggestive images via text messaging, and nearly 80 percent have received suggestive messages, according to research by URI faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Assistant professors Sue Adams and Tiffani Kisler led a team have two ongoing studies, plus one previous study. They are examining the impact of technology use on physical and mental health, as well as interpersonal relationships. The prevalence of such activity combined with Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signing a bill earlier this month outlawing sexting by minors makes education on technology practices vital for college students, according to Adams and Kisler.

In their survey of 204 college students conducted last spring, they found that...

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