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Teens and sexting: Cracking the codes

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Do you know what G-Y-P-O means? Experts say a lot of parents don't know, but it means "get your pants off."

Researchers at the Education Development Center in Massachusetts say sexting is only growing in popularity. According to the EDC, 13 percent of high school students were found to have received sexually explicit messages, many of them coded so that adults can't make them out.

Experts who gathered the sexting acronyms also point to parents, saying up-front discussions need to be had with teens to help them understand the repercussions. If explicit text messaging includes explicit pictures or video, it could carry legal consequences.

"It will be child pornography," says Merlyn Horton from Safe Online Outreach Society. "If they email it to their boyfriend, they've distributed child pornography."

The consequences for these actions are much more drastic than it ever was for mooning or flashing trucks, according to experts.

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