Understand the Consequences of Sexting

I'm feeling nostalgic for the days when we crammed into a photo booth and took silly photos.

Or we pulled out a Polaroid to get wild.  Yep, those days are long gone.

Today teens are using their smartphones with integrated cameras in ways that would make parents cringe.  So get ready, for the cringe factor as I fill you in on teens and sexting - and the consequences. And a quick alert, sexting is not a new phenomenon; it has existed for several years years now.

Sexting is the sending of sexually explicit photos, videos or text messages through mobile phones.

Teens are sharing sexually risqué photos and/or messages online and oftentimes using apps like Snapchat, VaporChat, Cyber Dust to hide their behavior. (Those apps cause the photos to "disappear" after a certain period of time, but they do not preclude screenshots from capturing the photo.)

Amazingly, teens are sexting even though they "openly admit that they know it's wrong to post these sexual photos, they feel...

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Sexting and Prosecution

Is it possible that children can be prosecuted as sex offenders in the UK and in the US for texting and sexting?

So just what is the issue and how can you best protect your teenager?

BACKGROUND: In a 2009 article from Pew Research Internet Project, sexting was defined as “the creating, sharing and forwarding of sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images by minor teens.“   Sexting has evolved as the era of self-portrait photographs (selfies) has exploded and the term ‘selfie’ was named as one of the top buzzwords in 2012.

ISSUE: young teenage boys and girls are taken sexual photos of themselves (selfies) and then sexting them to others now could face prosecution for distributing indecent images of children and, if convicted have to sign a sex offender registry.

Last year, there was the case of a 17-year-old boy from Manassas County, Virginia who was being charged as a felon for sending sexually explicit videos to a 15-year-old girl.  Stephen...

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