By Mark Theoharis. Since cell phones first saw widespread adoption in the s, they've become not just ever present, but have developed vastly expanded capabilities, such as the ability to take and instantly share photos. Some states have adopted laws that prescribe penalties aimed specifically at teenagers or adolescents who send such photos. These laws make the penalties for teen sexting less severe than if an adult would send similar photos to an under-age person. To get state specific details regarding sexting, jump ahead to teen sexting laws by state.
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It is important to talk with your children about the possible consequences of sending or sharing intimate or sexually explicit messages, images, photos or videos. Targeted advice is also available for young people, or for adults who may be experiencing image-based abuse. In a eSafety survey, 9 out of 10 young people aged 14 to 17 thought that sexting happened among their peers — as a kind of courtship behaviour. Sharing intimate images may seem like a bit of fun or innocent flirting for young people, particularly those in a relationship.
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Are you an NMK parent? Reality checks are good for kids as well as parents. Here are three signs your teen may be sexting and what can you do about it:. Trust your instincts. If you suspect your teen may be sexting, you are probably on to something. Do not deny your suspicions—bring them out into the open and deal with the issues. Review their texts. Ask your kids for their phones and review their texts. While you are at it, review their email and Facebook messages too.
The high school quarterback who was facing four felony charges for sexually exploiting himself and one for having a sexually explicit picture of his girlfriend has agreed to a plea bargain and is now facing a year of probation. North Carolina District Court Judge April Smith earlier this month sentenced the year-old boy to a year of probation, according to Fayobserver. During that time, her order says, the student must stay in school, take a class on making good decisions, complete 30 hours of community service, not use or possess alcohol or illegal drugs, not possess a mobile phone, and must submit to all the warrantless searches the state wants to foist on him.