I decided to write about this when I heard a parent on Dr. Phil last week say, “I did not know what sexting was.” Her daughter tried to kill herself 5 months ago because of the abuse she was getting from friends at school because of a sexting incident. The young lady made a poor choice. She took pictures of herself nude from the waist up using her camera phone. She then sent the pictures to her boyfriend. He sent them to his buddies. The pictures of this girl spread throughout the school. She was constantly being called a slut and a whore by many students.
WHAT IS SEXTING
Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit text messages, pictures or videos electronically, primarily between mobile phones. About 20% of teens admitted to participating in sexting according to a survey done by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
[Actress Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame learned the hard way that personal photos can end up where you least expect.]
WHAT DOES THE LAW HAVE TO SAY
It really depends on where you live, so check the laws in your area. Your legal trouble could be:
- A misdemeanor.
- A felony.
- Incarceration in a juvenile prison.
- Forced to register as a sex offender.
A 17-year old in Wisconsin post naked pictures of his 15-year old ex-girlfriend online. He has been charged with possessing child pornography.
A New York teenager sent nude pictures of his 16-year old girlfriend to all of his friends. He is now facing up to seven years in prison for sexting.
“Sexting can pose more than legal dangers. Last year Jessie Logan, 18, a senior at Sycamore High School outside Cincinnati, took a nude photo of herself and sent it to a boy she was seeing. She learned that the photo was being circulated at four area schools. Other kids began taunting her as a “whore.” Once a popular, upbeat student, Jessie felt humiliated. On July 3 she hanged herself. “She was vivacious, funny, loving,” says her mother, Cynthia, who, with husband Albert, is now working with the nonprofit WiredSafety.org to create programs to teach kids the dangers of sexting and cyber bullying.” – http://www.people.com
WHAT IS A PARENT TO DO
MOBILE PHONE PARENTAL CONTROL
Please know what’s going on and be vigilant about protecting your child.
John “Just Trying To Help” Jones