By Mark Theoharis. Since cell phones first saw widespread adoption in the s, they've become not just ever present, but have developed vastly expanded capabilities, such as the ability to take and instantly share photos. This ability has lead to the phenomena of "sexting," where people send suggestive or nude pictures to others using their cell phones. Some states have adopted laws that prescribe penalties aimed specifically at teenagers or adolescents who send such photos. These laws make the penalties for teen sexting less severe than if an adult would send similar photos to an under-age person. To get state specific details regarding sexting, jump ahead to teen sexting laws by state. Sexting laws are a relatively new phenomena in the law. Though specific teen sexting laws are not present in a majority of states, the trend appears to be towards more widespread adoption of sexting laws. In the meantime, in those states without sexting laws, sexting may still be punished under pre-existing laws that target child pornography.
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Keira Van Der Kolk of Hamilton remembers back to when her vulnerability was plastered over social media without her consent. Pressure to send revealing photos started when she was a year-old girl. It felt then, she said, like a "regular, normal" thing for teens to go through.
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A North Carolina boy finds himself looking at felony sex offender charges in which perpetrator and victim are both him. Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. How often is it that charges are brought in which perpetrator and victim are the same person? My online search for anything like the case of Cormega Copening has come up empty. Police in February allegedly found nude photos of Copening, then 16, on his phone and arrested him for possession of child pornography. Yes, he, himself, is the child in the alleged pornography. It all happened last in Fayetteville, North Carolina. As ABC 11 reported , Copening was subjected to a search that some reports have described as warrantless. The statutory rape being investigated involved a year-old girl and other teens.
Sexting is making sexually suggestive images and sharing these images using mobile phones or by posting them on the internet and social media. The images might be photographs of yourself or someone else naked or partially naked. You might think that sexting is something risky, dangerous and illegal. For teenagers, sexting is often fun and consensual. They might also see sexting as part of building relationships and self-confidence, and exploring sexuality, bodies and identities. Young people do worry about their images being shared with other people, including friends and family members. Many try to reduce this risk by making images only for people they trust, and with whom they have or hope to have a romantic or intimate relationship. Young people want to be able to talk openly and honestly with their parents about sexting.