Over the past few months teens have been caught up in a new form of social communication called SEXTING. SEXTING is similar to texting but instead of sending worded messeges they flirtatious nude or semi-nude photos from cell phone to cell phone. Some of these teenagers upload the photos to popular websites FACEBOOK and MYSPACE-not all photos are by the sender but by other teens-specifially girls.
So far reprecussions have been made for some of the teenagers who have been caught with this inappropriate behavior. In Wisconsin a 17 year old boy was charged with possessing child pornography onlin; In Alabama 4 teens were arrested for exchanging nude photos of themselves via cell phone; In New York a 16 year old boy faces 7 years in prison for forwarding nude photos of his 15 year old girlfriend to his friends; In Massachusetts 6 teens face felony charges for sending a semi-nude photo of a female classmate, who lifted up her shirt and showed her breasts! One of those 6 teens age 13 if facing charges that could range from possessing or exhibiting a photograph of a child in a sexual act and possession of child pornography.
Survey shows there's 1,000 young adults ages 12-26 who participate in sexting. Research shos there's one in five teens who admit to posing nude or semi nude photos via cell phone or online. Most girls say they do it to please their boyfriends!
SEXTING is the very reason why my soon to be 13 year old does not have a cell phone. Is it not enough that webcams have made teens accessibility to technology so easy to exploit sex, now they can do it through their cell phones and believe me it's not going to simmer down-it's only going to get worse. My problem is what is the parents of the girls who are in the pictures saying? I know as parents we can't monitor everything our children do but just like we can block adult channels on cable we can do something to protect our children from the dangers of the new trends that are abruptly set in motion!