Wednesday, March 7

Careful Boys and Girls, Sexting is Trouble

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.
Six Pennsylvania high school students, three males and three females, are all facing charges for child pornography.  According to MsnBc "The female students... 14 or 15-years-old, face charges of manufacturing, disseminating or possessing child pornography while the boys, who are 16 and 17, face charges of possession..."

Typically, the boyfriend assures his girlfriend that he will keep the photo private; convincing her his friends will never see it.  Once the break up, the boy then sends it out to his friends, thinking he is funny or simply coping with his bitterness.  As many high schools go, once one person sees it- everyone sees it.  Even more often in places like Sherwood Park, it eventually gets around numerous other schools as well. 

Without a young girl taking her photo in the first place, there would be no crime, which is why she becomes not only the victim, but the perpetrator as well.

Police say that the children who are being charged are most likely law-abiding citizens, whom previously have a clean record.

"We have to bear in mind that people taking pictures of themselves and sending them out, they're self-victimizing, but they're not necessarily naive.  These kids have been educated and they know it's unlawful and they're doing it anyway."
Once convicted, you are forced to register as a sexual offender for at least ten years.

Let us not forget the other ways in which photos can be sent these days.  Content sent over the internet can be shared just as easily and to even more places.  Once something is released into cyber space, you never truly get it back. 
If you don't want anyone else to see it- don't send it.
Child pornography is among the fastest growing criminal segments on the Internet.

Keep your clothes on.

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