Anonymous asks:

My 13 year old son took provocative pictures of himself wearing girls clothes and under garments. I'm freaking out...Is This a phase?

In Topics: Teen issues, Teen sexuality and dating
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Jan 17, 2014
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What the Expert Says:

the phase is called puberty, adolescence, and exploring feelings.  It is a normal part of his seeking the forbidden which may create a rush, and or it is masturbatory fantasy.  The problem arises is that he has photographed himself and could be trashed by friends if these are found. Start by discussing personal internet and telephone safety, on line pornography, sexting etc...then speak with him about his feelings about who he is and reassure him of your love and commitment. LGBTQ youth are often at risk.  give him time alone with his pediatrician and ask her/him to approach the issue of sexual safety, identity, and being sure that he is not being prompted to do this for someone else who may abuse or liable him.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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