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What should be done about "sexting"

post #1 of 10
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Apparently that's what they are calling it when teens send nude or semi-nude, sexual pics of themselves via cell phones. Recently, the ones sending and the ones receiving (or at least keeping) the pics are being charged with child pornography.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_11704/cont...tguid=ugIPMA61

I have real mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I bet all of those women who made it big and then had those naughty pics of themselves from years past show up really regretted having done them...and most of the time they were well over 18 when they did it! Kids don't have the best judgment, and sending someone a naked pic of yourself is generally not the smartest thing to do, especially when they can very easily send it on to all of their friends. So yes, something does need to be done to curb or stop this practice.

On the other hand, is it really fair to charge them with a Felony, and a sex crime at that? A felony is something they would have to live with possibly for the rest of their lives. Can't own a firearm, can't vote, difficult to find a job in any position that does background checks, some of the national apartment complexes won't let you rent from then regardless of what the crime was or when it was committed. And then there's the whole sexual aspect, which entails even more red tape and possibly being labeled a predator for sending a picture of yourself when you're 16. The punishment doesn't fit the crime, IMO.

Of course, I sure don't know the answer, but thought it would be an interesting discussion.
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
The punishment doesn't fit the crime, IMO.
I completely agree with you. I don't understand why this is a problem. I don't mean that it's OK for them to send nude photos to each other all day. But if parents really wanted to keep their from sending photos back and forth they could just disable the texting. It's a simple solution.
post #3 of 10
I really think they should charge them with pornography and prosecute them. There is NO reason in this world that teens should be passing around naked or 1/2 naked pictures of themselves to each other - phone or otherwise.

That is why a phone should be a phone - not a video/camera/typewriter!
post #4 of 10
Goldenkitty when you say teens, do you just mean the 16 year olds, or do you mean ALL teens?

Because there is a big difference between 16 and 19.

IMO, if a girl is sending a picture of herself to her boyfriend, then no one can really do anything about it. All that can be done is to educate them at a younger age, and hope they don't think they need to 'share' themselves to be appreciated or accepted.
post #5 of 10
Doesn't matter the age - the fact is that if you are passing around naked pictures to the public, then its wrong. Its the same as downloading porn on the internet.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
I really think they should charge them with pornography and prosecute them. There is NO reason in this world that teens should be passing around naked or 1/2 naked pictures of themselves to each other - phone or otherwise.

That is why a phone should be a phone - not a video/camera/typewriter!
Wow, so lets take all the 15 and 16 year olds and throw them in prison and ruin the rest of their life for a very NORMAL teenage lapse in judgment. I think that is ridiculously extreme and will only do more harm than good.

This needs to be handled by the PARENTS of these kids. take their cell phone away, or have text or picture text service shut off, etc. There are many ways this could be handled besides throwing average horny teenagers into prison with murderers and child molesters.
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Doesn't matter the age - the fact is that if you are passing around naked pictures to the public, then its wrong. Its the same as downloading porn on the internet.
Not everybody thinks porn is bad - kiddy porn yes, but regular adult porn no.

If a girl 19 wants to send her boyfriend a naked picture of herself I don't have an issue with that but if a younger teen does then the parents need to get involved because chances are this young teen isn't mature enough to see what could be the long-range consequences of this sort of thing.


I also don't think they should be scarred and tainted for life because they acted in a naive, stupid, teenage way.
post #8 of 10
I agree with Yosemite and Alley.

Can you imagine putting a girl into a jail with a bunch of men? Surely a religious person wouldn't be so cruel as to say their punishment should involve them being abused in jail.

Your age of legality is different in America, but regardless of 18 or 21, they're still technically adults and can make their own choices. 16 year olds can make their own (stupid) choices as well, but yes, take their phones away, restrict some of their fun. But sending them to court is ridiculous!

There's a whole world of difference between sick adults enjoying kiddy porn, and two involved mid-late teens sharing images of themselves to only one another.

I'm not saying it should happen, but there is a difference, also in how it should be handled.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
I really think they should charge them with pornography and prosecute them. There is NO reason in this world that teens should be passing around naked or 1/2 naked pictures of themselves to each other - phone or otherwise.

That is why a phone should be a phone - not a video/camera/typewriter!

I agree.
post #10 of 10
Perhaps the first thing that should be done is for Disney to fire their little "every TV in America" tween starlets that do it. That might just send a message to the other kids out there.
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