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3 years ago  ::  Jul 05, 2011 - 6:49AM #1
jesusfreakgal
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I've heard that teens who send and/ or receive a nude photo (including the person who the photo is of), if caught get branded as sex offenders (I believe that ending up on the sex offender's registry is for life). I have several problems here. The first one is this- I bet, that if one were to survey teens about sexting and the legality of it (is it leagal/ illegal, asking the teens, in regards to it beiung illegal 'what are the consequences of being caught sexting', you would get not only a ton of teenagers who have never heard of sexting and/ or that it is illegal. Also, the fact that one has sexted does not mean that they are a bad person in the remotest sense. Why should one get into trouble for this?
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3 years ago  ::  Jul 30, 2011 - 11:12AM #2
BlackRose666
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I think this is one of those gray areas in which the context and individual teen needs to be taken into consideration. If it's exchanging texts/photos between two teens who are seeing each other, than what's the big deal? If the sexting is unwanted (and made known) but continues then it is harrassment.


Label them as a sex offender? I do disagree with that. Being given a label, at any age, can cause serious developmental harm because of the stigma attached to it. If the teen is doing other things that raise a red-flag, then deal with it case by case. Lumping them all together is an extreme way to handle this.

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3 years ago  ::  Sep 30, 2011 - 10:29AM #3
jesusfreakgal
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I completely agree. If its definitely not harassment, and its an exchange between two teen friends (say curiosity) or between a teenage couple, even if more then once, all in the end the sexting (the picture[s] anyway) really was was a bad choice. As far as I know, the situation is considered as it is because they consaider the photo of the naked person, even in the possion of the person themself, child porn. Which means that if I was such person, and send it to my boyfriend, I was technically distributing child pornography. And my boyfriend, by getting and receiving it (most likely looking) would then technically posess child pornography. In reality, you are right it is a very gray area. But since The picture(s) in question would be that of the person who sent them, and the receiver (often I would assume) would be the boyfriend of the sender, its not as though the point of the pictures is something sick and twisted. To a large extent, unless the sender was pressured into taking and sending the photos they did not want to, there probably is very little harm done to either party involved. But then again, it should be on a case by case basis. Sometimes I bet you have teenage boyfriends who think that their girlfriend is so hot naked that they want to show that off to his friends. And since he most like can't do that live, asking for nude pics works. He then could text or e-mail those pictures to his friends. Then those friends could put then up somewhere in the internet or send them to other people and so on. And what the boyfriend did in the first place was wrong. Someonetimes that is not the case. The trouble here also is this (probably already stated it but anyway) probably the majority of teenagers have zero clue that what they are doing is illegal, and can and may get them branded as a sex offender for life. On top of that, they probably have no idea what being a registered sex offender really means, and how it will effect their later life. Even if we attempted to educate teens against sexting and its possible consequences, they might still not completely get it. In reality, a lot of teens probably believe nothing bad can happen to themselves anyway, and I bet here would be no exception.


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