James A. Landau <JJJRLandau@netscape.com>
JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Tue Mar 24 23:03:00 UTC 2009
"Sexting" - The act of sending nude images in cellphone text messages.
What some teens think is an innocent act involving sending racy images in text messages can lead to some serious consequences. So far this year, more than two dozen teens in six states have been investigated for sending nude pictures of themselves to friends via cellphone text messages. Some teens are begriming to experience the seriousness of their 'sexting' when they find out their actions can bring a charge of distributing child pornography.
Michelle Collins of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children stated that "of the 2,100 children the center has identified as victims of online porn, she says, one-fourth initially sent the images themselves".
According to one Juvenile Court Judge, if a 17-year-old who sent the nude photos to an ex-boyfriend were convicted of a child-porn charge, she would be a registered sex offender for 20 years.
For a teen, is it worth the risk? Parents, do you know what your teen is sending with their cellphone? Do you routinely check on your teens cellphone usage?
James A. Landau
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