Red Apple Mom

March 27, 2011

Consequences of Sexting – Child Porn Charges

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If you have a middle or high schooler, please read this frightening and very important article in today’s New York Times and share it with your child.  When it comes to the dangers and ramifications of “sexting,” anecdotal information is powerful prevention for both parents and students!

The story details the horrible outcome faced by a 14-year girl when she sent a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend.  Of course, the photo eventually went viral.  The story also details the consequences faced by the students who were caught distributing the photo via email – consequences which almost led to charges of child pornography dissemination.

Of particular interest in this article are the teen focus group comments discussing what today’s teens have to say about sexting.  Such comments include these gems:

Q:  Is sexting ever O.K.?

Saif, 18, Brooklyn:  It’s a way to express your feelings.  If a guy and a girl are in love, instead of saying it face to face, they can say it through technology.

Kathy, 17, Queens:  There’s a positive side to sexting.  You can’t get pregnant from it, and you can’t transmit S.T.D’s.  It’s a kind of safe sex.

The fact that teen sexting could lead to a stint in juvenile hall and ruin reputations escapes these teens’ logic.

The father of the girl who sent the photo of herself states in the article, “I learned a big lesson about my lack of involvement in her use of the phone and texting.  I trusted her too much.”

Trust or not, kids do really dumb things – especially when their heart and hormones overrule their brain.  Many teens live for the moment and don’t understand the long-term ramifications of some of their actions.

Do your family a huge favor.  Share this article.  Most importantly, discuss it with your kids – today.

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