While this is not a current concern of mine since my kids are grown and I currently employ no minors, I wonder what the consequenses are for someone like me who through necessity of the job, needs to make a cell number available to those I work with. The U.S. Pornography laws state that possession of these types of pictures are punishable.
I can just see some disgruntled minor sending such a picture to my phone (see: Kwame Kilpatrick
and check out the September 28, 2007 entry). Then, a quick tip to the cops and suddenly I would be a registered pedophile.
Here's a more in depth link.
Hartford Advocate: Leisure - The Nokia Lolitas
Teens strip off for sexting craze
By STAFF REPORTER
Published: 14 Jan 2009
THOUSANDS of teens are stripping off for the latest disturbing craze to sweep schools – SEXTING.
A study has revealed 20 per cent of American teenagers have texted or posted naked or semi-naked pictures or video of themselves online.
And the worrying trend has outraged teachers.
"If I were to go through the cell phones in this building right now of 1,500 students, I would venture to say that half to two-thirds have indecent photos, either of themselves or somebody else in school," said Jim Brown, school resource officer at Glen Este High School, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Nearby Turpin High School Principal Peggy Johnson said she believed the results would be similar – at about 50-50 – in her building.
‘ Guys who get pictures like this from girls, I don't think girls understand that guys gossip way more than girls, ’
According to the national study, most teens send sexually suggestive content to their boyfriends or girlfriends, while others say they send such material to those they are attracted to or to someone they only know online.
But the trend also has worrying implications that blur the lines of of the law.
A year ago, a 19-year-old cheerleading coach was charged and prosecuted for taking a topless photo of herself and a 15-year-old girl.
And a boy was taken to juvenile court last year for taking explicit photos of his girlfriend.
Mr Brown, who is also resource officer at the areas primary school, said of the 14-year-old boy's mobile phone photos: "They were as graphic as you would see in any Penthouse magazine."
The study, conducted by Cosmogirl, also showed that 44 per cent of teens say it is common for sexually explicit images and text messages – sexting – to be shared with people other than the intended recipient.
"Guys who get pictures like this from girls, I don't think girls understand that guys gossip way more than girls," said 17-year-old student Taylor McCleod,.
"And when a guy gets a picture like that, he's not just going to keep it between him and the girl. He's going to take that and show every guy that he knows that knows that girl. And every time somebody looks at her, it's going to be a loss of respect for her."