ERIC Number: EJ836322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Reference Count: 6
"Sexting": Fun or Felony?
Taylor, Kelley R.
Principal Leadership, v9 n8 p60-62 Apr 2009
A 15-year-old girl is arrested on child pornography charges for using her cell phone to send nude photos of herself to classmates. A young boy is put on probation after sending an explicit photo of his genitals to a girl's cell phone. Two high school cheerleaders are suspended from the squad after nude photos of them are sent by cell phone to the school's football team. Stories like these are increasingly common as more and more teens regularly engage in "sexting"--the practice of electronically sending nude or seminude images of themselves to others--usually on a cell phone. Despite typically innocent intentions, distributing nude or sexually explicit photos of underage children is child pornography and is a felony. Accordingly, it's essential that school officials learn about the issue and work with parents and law enforcement officials to impress on teens that sexting can lead to quite a bit of trouble.
Descriptors: School Safety, Law Enforcement, Pornography, Computer Mediated Communication, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Delinquency, Crime Prevention, Administrator Responsibility, Parent Responsibility, Student Behavior
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