20 Percent of Teens Partake in 'Sexting': Should They Face Charges?

Living 2012/06/15 18:00:00
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Whatever the latest technology is, teenagers will use it to get up to no good. But that doesn't make it any less alarming that nearly 20 percent of high school students partake in sexting, according to a new study.

Donald Strassberg, of the University of Utah, found that nearly 20 percent of high school students (18 percent of males, 17 percent of females) admitted to having sent a sexually explicit image on their cellphone. Almost twice as many said they had received a sexual image on their phone (50 percent of males, 31 percent of females), LiveScience reports.

And here's the really scary part: About 25 percent confessed that when they received a sexually explicit image, they forwarded it to others. Plus, more than 8 percent said they had sent a sexually explicit photo that they took of someone else to a third party.

But here's the thing, kids: You can get into big trouble for doing this. In many states, sending or receiving nude pictures of someone under 18 (including yourself) could put you at risk of facing child pornography charges. Do you think teens who sext should face charges?
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  • Twinkle 2012/06/15 19:30:13 (edited)
    It's their life if someone else sees it and it not their boyfriend or girlfriend or whoever who cares not my life.

    I don t care gif

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  • angel rose 2013/01/31 18:02:38
    angel rose
    theres nothing wrong with it i do it wtf is the problem
  • lea_bil... angel rose 2013/02/05 04:12:39
    Nothing wrong with it, except if you get caught it is a FELONY sex offense.
  • angel rose lea_bil... 2013/02/06 16:18:32
    angel rose
  • lea_bil... angel rose 2013/12/11 01:42:11
    If you are under 18 (which it sounds like you are) you may think there is nothing wrong with it. But if you send a pic to someone, who is over 18, they might not feel "meh" about spending 20 years in prison just because you like to do it. And you could also be charged for production and distribution of child porn, which could get you charged as an adult regardless of your age and sharing a cell with someone who might have an extreme hatred for sex offenders. Where do you think you will be then? Still "meh"?
  • jjvoodoo 2012/12/05 08:20:07
  • lea_bil... jjvoodoo 2013/02/05 04:13:41
    It WILL be a problem that could cost you your future.
  • jjvoodoo lea_bil... 2013/02/10 20:43:00
    i completely disagree
  • lea_bil... jjvoodoo 2013/12/11 01:15:10
    Gee, what was I thinking? Duh! Bad things only happen to OTHER people. About 200,000 other young men thought the same thing, before THEY ended up on the Sex Offender Registry. Yeah...good luck with that.
  • T. James H 2012/12/05 04:28:56
  • Nestofasssps 2012/12/05 02:45:43
    big difference between sexting and sending pornographic images of minors.
    sending minor pics , yes should be against the law, sexting?, dont be daft
  • Shifting Piece 2012/12/04 00:54:48
    Shifting Piece
    So long as they're sexting because they want to and the person they're sexting is at an appropriate age.
    Take the risk into assessment as well.
  • Red Branch 2012/12/03 19:23:33
    Red Branch
    Filing charges against these teens is as dumb as the teens who sext.
  • freedomsox 2012/12/03 18:05:19
    Cause that's what my taxes are for.. prosecuting 14 year olds for child pornography.
  • Todd Parsons 2012/12/03 14:15:27
    Todd Parsons
    Charges for what?
  • Merhabi Daham 2012/12/03 13:12:12
    Merhabi Daham
    As far as I know, Sexting is not yet illegal. So I'm not quite sure WHAT charge they would be facing.
  • wolfshadow 2012/12/03 07:52:22
    The law doesn't say "unless it's pictures of yourself that your sending to another teen"... it says it is against the law to take nude pictures or video of someone under 18 years of age, it also makes it a crime to possess such pictures. Should we not prosecute a 15 year old for armed robbery either?
  • waterlady 2012/12/03 07:13:02
    There should be warnings or their phones shut off, if they are minors. Adults should not be doing that either.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/12/03 06:44:14
    That's just plain silly.
  • Johnny 2012/12/03 05:22:11
    I do not agree with this law, I think people (including teens under 18) should be able to decide what to do with their body, and shouldn't be penalized for what they do with it by the law, only by their parents (in case they have any)..
  • marty 2012/12/03 05:20:38
    More paranoia from those that 'get offended' easily. What they mean to say is that they're shocked/amazed/horrified/scar... Most of these 'sex offenses' should be stricken from the law books anyway.
    (raging sarcastic remarks begin here)...Round up the young'ins cuz they're all sex offenders now; can't let them showing THEIR body to THEIR friends less SOMEONE ELSE gets 'offended' and cries themselves to sleep at night. Nope the naked body is an ABOMINATION and should always be clothed! We wuz born with long plain dresses or white dress shirts and slacks on! (sarcasm end).
  • Steelshrt 2012/12/03 05:00:40
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/12/03 04:59:46
  • eli 2012/12/03 04:54:40
    They are just kids trying to have fun! They don't know any better...Yet, this might hurt their future and they have to think before doing that, cause it sure won't be a pretty picture.
  • Buzzymuzzwelle 2012/12/03 04:32:39
    We have a Govt. that educates them about sex in every description and not only condones Teenage sex but gives out free condoms,birth control, and abortions.
    They promote gay sex and even allow clubs in school for kids to join. Why should they
    then be charged for acting as they have been educated. Charge the teachers, principles.
    and school officials for "indoctrinating" our children. Then charge us for allowing it.
  • Ma La 2012/12/03 04:27:39
    Ma La
    But they should face a huge walloping from mommy and daddy.
  • troy.r.ivie 2012/12/03 04:26:10
    A minor sexting nude pictures of themselves is still child porn.
  • byz 2012/12/03 04:00:38
    Yes, lets criminally charge 20% of all teens. What a brilliant idea. (Jeez)
  • wtxwoman 2012/12/03 03:59:39
    Stupid, yes, but it shouldn't be against the law.
  • wolfshadow wtxwoman 2012/12/03 07:54:16
    Child pornography shouldn't be against the law? THAT is what sexting is... taking nude pictures of yourself or friends and sending it via phone to others.
  • wtxwoman wolfshadow 2012/12/03 15:56:12
    Child pornography is when ADULTS use pictures of children for sexual gratification. It's stupid for teens to send nude pictures of themselves and others via the phone, but it's not criminal or shouldn't be.
  • wolfshadow wtxwoman 2012/12/06 04:48:05
    Which state does the law say "Adults"? Child pornography is when a picture of someone under 18 is taken or distributed for sexual gratification. It is criminal and yes it should be. What is stupid is charging a boy for receiving nude pictures on his phone when he didn't ask for them.... they have done that even when they are still unread text messages.... THAT is stupid and if they are going to charge the person that got them, they damn well better charge the one that took it.
  • wtxwoman wolfshadow 2012/12/06 04:49:45
    I think the whole thing has gotten out of hand.
  • wolfshadow wtxwoman 2012/12/06 04:51:54
    No way I could agree with that statement any more.... But so have many of the kids today. And to think our parents thought WE were nuts!
  • wtxwoman wolfshadow 2012/12/06 05:00:08
    If I'd have had a polaroid camera when I was in high school there is no telling what I'd have done. Teens will be teens. I hate it that they put the wrong things on the internet.
  • wolfshadow wtxwoman 2012/12/06 05:02:30
    =P I HAD A Polaroid camera.... and I KNOW what SoMe have seen.... I"m just glad there wasn't an internet back then....
  • wolfshadow wtxwoman 2012/12/06 05:03:56
    The sad thing is... I found a picture of myself a couple of years ago and the first thing I said was "Who is that?".... Ooops. =P
  • wtxwoman wolfshadow 2012/12/06 05:07:19
    I have a topless one that I my cousin took of me while I was drunk and I was 38! Now, I'm kind of glad. LOL! At least I can see where they are supposed to be!
  • lea_bil... wtxwoman 2013/02/05 04:16:39
    It is INDEED considered a crime.
  • GoDucks5 2012/12/03 03:58:05
    Only if they are driving. Who cares though? The only people who have a right to do anything are their parents not the government.
  • wolfshadow GoDucks5 2012/12/03 07:55:57
    Think about it.... should the 40 year old man with the picture of his 16 year olds sons 15 year old girlfriend that is on his phone because he says it was accidentally sent to him by his son be charged with a crime or can he get chewed out by his mommy too? Child porn is child porn no matter who takes or has the picture.
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