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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  • Gwen GrumpyCat 2012/06/21 00:48:57
    No, she's not a criminal. I guess we should define "sending naked photos" and "using the cell phone as a device to do harm through other's private data." Sexting in itself is not a crime. But it is the use of the form. I'm not a lawyer, but I know some things about law.
  • GrumpyCat Gwen 2012/06/21 02:01:10
    Distributing pornographic material is a crime, no matter how one obtains the pictures. But the person sending it shouldn't be punished and do it at their own risk.
  • Gwen JessieP 2012/06/17 03:27:38
    you look like a young person.
  • Happy212121 2012/06/16 23:37:10
    First of all Sodahead we didn't need a picture of a young girl lifting her blouse to understand this article. That was in bad taste. But as for the question itself...These "laws" makes no sense whatsoever. So what's the "charge" when two 16 year olds have consensual sex? I guess with this way of thinking they are both pedophiles. I guess they both have a sick problem being attracted to "children" and should be in jail. And have their lives ruined for being so disgusting. What does the law say about that? Oh they can screw all day long....but PICTURES ....those are the real enemy!! These people need to go take a flying leap...and leave teenagers alone. Their parents can handle their cellphone activity!
  • dekecds Happy21... 2012/06/17 02:16:16
    Actually, two 16 year olds having sex is statutory rape in many states. So, maybe something like statutory sexting? The problem is when a child does it, but an adult get's the picture (think creepy Dad using his son's "sexts" from girlfriend to make a few bucks at work...."Hey she's 18, she just looks young, I'll give it to you for $5.....)
  • Merhabi... dekecds 2012/06/17 03:40:31
  • Happy21... Merhabi... 2012/06/17 14:10:49
  • TheBorg Happy21... 2012/06/17 19:14:02
  • Happy21... dekecds 2012/06/17 14:07:13
  • dekecds Happy21... 2012/06/17 17:00:14
  • lea_bil... dekecds 2012/10/15 20:12:49
    Statutory rape DOES require registering as a sex offender, CAN carry jail time or at least probation and IS NOT get wiped from your record at age 18. Many who face these charges are REQUIRED to register for LIFE!! Sex with a minor (statutory rape) puts you in the same class with child molesters and pedophiles.
  • dekecds lea_bil... 2012/10/16 21:21:00
    I'll bet that you feel the same way about indecency with a minor (which, by the way, is a good thing) but I'll bet that you didn't think about that when you were kissing your highschool girlfriend (which now days can constitute indecency with a minor, even though you are also a minor in some states)
    Having said that, does that make you a pedophile?
    Oh, and fix your ignorance. Statutory rape is a state by state issue, so get all 50 of your blanket statement facts straight before you start calling highschool kids pedophiles.
  • lea_bil... dekecds 2012/10/29 18:35:07
    I DIDN'T call high school kids pedophiles. Please reread my comment, especially the last line. IT (the law) puts statutory rape in the same class (considers those convicted of the crime) the same as child molesters and pedophiles. My son is on the registry for a Romeo and Juliet offense, for a relationship when he was 17. Because of that he was not allowed to finish high school.
  • dekecds lea_bil... 2012/10/29 23:32:35 (edited)
    hey, that's your state, not mine. Reread my posts.....
    Oh, and by the way.... some libtard somewhere is crying over how little boys and girls aren't protected enough from each other in sexual situations, even though they want children to be more exposed to sex.
  • Herb Happy21... 2012/06/17 21:01:45
  • SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPengu... 2012/06/16 23:08:54
    SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPenguin 平和
    as long as they dont show them or show pics of them nude to anyone else why does it matter?
  • Herb SebaThe... 2012/06/17 21:02:00
  • SebaThe... Herb 2012/06/21 01:26:00
    SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPenguin 平和
    i know i just meant sexting, not nude pics. thats bad.
  • Herb SebaThe... 2012/06/21 20:48:23
    its all inclusive now.
  • ★misfit★ 2012/06/16 22:40:51
    Absolutely not. It's a victimless "crime," and pressing charges against them will be MUCH more harmful to their lives than the sexting itself. However, any adult who gets a hold of the images and distributes them SHOULD face charges.
  • Herb ★misfit★ 2012/06/17 21:02:08
  • ★misfit★ Herb 2012/06/17 21:25:35
    I am aware of that, but I think the laws are unfair. These kids are just being implusive teenagers. While it can defnitely cause problems in their life if the images are forwarded to other people as they so often are, they don't deserve to be prosecuted as criminals. That's all I'm saying. It's up to the parents to talk to their kids about the risks of sexting, not the law to punish them for it.
  • Herb ★misfit★ 2012/06/17 21:30:43
    catch mine their phones are gone.
    what state you live in most are going under child porn laws.
  • ★misfit★ Herb 2012/06/18 02:31:10
    I live in Michigan. I think it is considered child porn, but I also think these cases need to be treated differently unless there is an adult who is distributing the pictures.
  • Herb ★misfit★ 2012/06/18 02:43:13
    In Michigan, sexting can result in state felony charges.
    In the United States, it is against the law to possess lewd photographs of minors. A New York lawyer is petitioning for federal sexting legislation that would make sexting a misdemeanor for minors.
  • lea_bil... ★misfit★ 2012/10/15 20:14:27
    I agree, that is why these laws need changed. They were created to protect children from predatory adults, not to punish them for normal relationships and exploratory behavior.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2012/06/16 22:04:22
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    They're teenagers. They're horny. Get over it.
  • Herb ««Ginge... 2012/06/17 21:03:00
  • ★misfit★ Herb 2012/06/17 21:31:17
    You're willing to give your kids a sex offender record just to teach them a lesson? And you can't tell the courts what to do...they would give them a sentence as they saw fit.
  • Herb ★misfit★ 2012/06/17 21:36:56
  • ★misfit★ Herb 2012/06/18 02:32:57
    That is so wrong. Sure, sexting is stupid, but worthy of 10 years in prison? Give me a break.
  • lea_bil... Herb 2012/10/15 20:16:41
    You are wrong, there are thousands of teens on the sex offender registry, most of them for first time offenses!
  • Herb lea_bil... 2012/10/16 05:31:59
    good maybe it wil teach them.
  • lea_bil... Herb 2012/10/29 18:38:06
    Teach them what? That because you had sex as a teen that you deserve to be punished for the rest of your life for something that has been normal since the beginning of time? The label is a permanent mark that they can never live down.
  • Herb lea_bil... 2012/10/29 23:17:10
    sexting not sex its sending pic over the net as a teen thats child porn they are minors. not having sex.
  • knoodelhed 2012/06/16 22:01:02
    This is not the reason cp laws were written. A total misuse of police power, not to mention an intrusive imposition of one sect's religious values.
  • Herb knoodelhed 2012/06/17 21:03:09
  • Ally C. 2012/06/16 21:56:01
    Ally C.
    I meant to press no. I mean, it's their life, they make mistakes, either it's prohibited or not. The only situation they should face charges is if they send pictures of someone other than themselves
  • samira 2012/06/16 21:53:35 (edited)
    I say yes because it not only 18 year old sexting it also younger teens like 13 or 14 who and sexting . The person that they chat to say can I see your body the younger teen gets scared and shows there body to the pervet and the pervet can use that as black mail so who cares if 17 or 18 year old do it but now younger teens are doing it we need to stop it for our younger ones . It should stop!!!
  • FISH samira 2012/06/17 05:14:06 (edited)
    Maybe a class on proper use of cell phones for minors should be required and a agreement to use the privilege/right responsible should apply, just a thought.

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