Sexting is one of those words you might not have heard of if you are over a certain age. That age being 18 I would imagine. Sexting can best be defined as sending naked photos of yourself using your mobile phone to another phone or a social networking site.

As I have reported before, the plain fact of the matter is that teens just love posting naked pictures of themselves online. Indeed, surveys suggest that 36 percent of teen girls have posted online, or electronically sent, nude or semi-nude images of themselves as have 31 percent of teenage boys.

The reasons are quite clear, with 38 percent of teens thinking it makes dating more likely, and 52 percent of teenage girls saying it makes a sexy present for a boyfriend.

Now, according to reports, it seems that those youngsters involved in sexting would be getting more than they bargained for. Forget the danger of the images getting posted around the Internet, swapped between other kids and so on, how about getting a criminal record? Yep, high school kids in a dozen US States have already been charged with possession of child porn and disseminating child porn as a result of receiving and sending naked images this way. If they were to be convicted of the charges, which I suspect is unlikely, they could be placed on the sex offender register as a direct result.

I'm not sure that charging these teens on a child porn rap is a brilliant idea, and if anything makes child pornography legislation look weaker rather than stronger. All they are doing is using the available technology to do what teens have done throughout the ages, ask your parents if you don't believe me, which is let their raging hormone fuelled desires get the better of them.

As the father of two teenage daughters myself I do appreciate the child protection issues at play, but do not think we should confuse your typical sexting teen with the pushers of child porn.

185 Views
About the Author

A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to Forbes.com, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...

I am can't imagine my daughter posting nude or semi-nude photos of herself anywhere, especially online. That being said, I am horrified of the thought that our society would actually charge her with a crime for doing so.

I think we've certainly lost our minds. We can't have playground equipment in many parks or rec areas because someone might break an arm and sue. A plastic water gun or butter knife are both zero intelligence items that can get you expelled from primary school. A 17 year old has sexual relations with his 15 year old girlfriend and gets a 10 year prison sentence. Peeing outdoors will put you on the Sex Offender registry (ok, this one is kinda gross, but really, a sex offender? Really?!?!)

When will it stop? When will we as members of society stand up for what is right, even if the wrong does not directly affect us?

Maybe people should be reminded of a small poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller: First they came... (wiki or google it and pass it along).

A simple advisory e-massage from an outsider altered their behaviors by about 40 percent, if so, how effective their parents' close attention and care will be ?

Naked sex porn teens

If roughly one third of all teens could conceivably be convicted for sex offenses and forced to register as such doesn't that totally undermine the entire purpose of having such registrations?

This whole child pornography thing has always struck me as a bit of a witch hunt but now the government has gone completely insane.

I guess with the develop of technology and internet technology I think we will find more and more teens Express there "ego of sexuality to other"they see word "sexy as cool and being naked is the best way to express the words sexy.however about the child porn I think I disagree about that,they just need a consultations about this ,they need not a jail,they just a "Teen"sometimes they just stupidly "DO IT"