Education about the consequences of one’s actions and shifting social norms are the keys to curbing the tide, not incarceration.Moreover, with nearly one in four teenagers admitting to sexting, would any parent want to play the odds in believing that their child would never do such a thing?You can purchase a gift certificate by calling our Customer Service representatives at 1-866-660-7924 now.
Sexting is a new twist on the timeless desire of teens and adults to engage in sexual expression.
Sexting involves the practice of creating, sending and/or posting sexually suggestive images or video via mobile phone, email, or over the Internet, and everybody is getting in on the act.
Child pornography laws, originally designed to protect children against adult predators, inadvertently criminalize both consensual and non-consensual sexting where the person in the photo is under 18. One cannot understate the severity of these penalties when applied to the very minors the law was intended to protect from exploitation.
Because the child pornography laws were not intended to address sexting, the legal consequences for teens engaging in sexting are truly bizarre.
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On the app you can explore members nearby, be a “Secret Admirer,” edit your profile, upload photos, look at “Your Matches,” add Favorites, and see who has viewed your profile.In Florida, a 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old boyfriend were both convicted under child pornography laws after taking intimate nude photos of themselves.Closer to home, Thurston County prosecutors initially charged 13 and 14-year-olds with felony distribution of child pornography after a sexting incident in a Lacey middle school. Regardless, these cases are happening every day around the country, and kids really are being convicted as felony sex offenders for taking intimate pictures of themselves. While we don’t have to acquiesce to such behavior, criminal penalties are not the solution.The frightening reality, however, is that our current child pornography laws coupled with modern technology have the potential to create a sex offender registry populated with the children it was intended to protect and a generation of teenagers who will reach the age of majority already convicted as child sex offenders.This is not what child pornography laws were meant for, and the time has come to address the issue rationally and reasonably, before it is too late.Take, for example, the scenario where a minor sends a nude picture to his or her partner and the partner later forwards the image to friends and classmates after the couple breaks up.