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Jesse Logan's Mother: 'Sexting' Led to Suicide (Video)

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Jesse Logan's mother Cynthia on Friday's 'Today' show

Jesse Logan’s grieving mother spoke about the dangers of "SEXTING " with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show Friday.

Cynthia Logan’s appearance comes eight months after her 18-year-old daughter committed suicide after enduring harassment over a nude photograph shared among hundreds of classmates.

Cynthia believes "sexting," the act of sending racy photographs via text messaging, helped push her once "vivacious" and "fun" daughter to kill herself. One year ago, using her cell phone, young Logan sent a photograph of her nude self to her then-boyfriend.

When they broke up, that racy photograph was forwarded to more than 100 teenagers, the "Today" show reports. Then came the constant ridicule, name-calling and harassment from classmates at her high school. At first, Logan hid from the humiliation by skipping classes, until, one day, she decided to do an interview on a local NBC affiliate in Cincinnati to draw attention to the problems of high-school bullying and the dangers of "sexting."

The "Today" show also mentions how "sexting" has become a trend among teens and young adults. According to a poll conducted last fall by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy , 39 percent of teens are sending or posting "sexually suggestive messages," and 48 percent reported receiving such messages. The Friday broadcast also featured Parry Aftab, an Internet security expert and cyberspace watchdog for teenagers, who said that texting inappropriate photographs could be considered illegal and pornographic.

Watch Jesse Logan’s mother on the "Today" show:



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