I wrote a story in today’s paper about some Falmouth teens who were caught “sexting.” You can read the story by clicking here.
For the technologically challenged, sexting is when kids take sexually provocative pictures of themselves or others via cell phone, and then distribute them electronically. Apparently it’s a pretty common problem nowadays.
These kids, all 12-14 years old, are being hit with felony child pornography charges after one of the boys took a naked picture of his 13-year-old girlfriend and then sent it to friends.
I’m really not allowed to voice my own personal opinion about this case because I need to remain objective, but it brings up some serious questions. Such as how big of an issue is sexting? Should kids be allowed cell phones in school? Should kids be allowed cell phones that have the capability to take pictures? Should the girl be in just as much trouble as the boy?
And finally, child pornography charges are felony charges. Meaning they will stay with these kids for the rest of their lives if convicted. Do you think this case rises to that level? What do you think can be done to stop it? All I know is I’m glad no one had cell phones when I was in high school.
Discuss amongst yourselves.