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Sexting is an issue parents should become aware of

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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Jesse Logan sent a nude picture to her boyfriend and it cost her a lot more; her life. The photo ended up being forwarded to her classmates. The Ohio teenager was harassed. She was so miserable, she hung herself. Jesse was the victim of a disturbing trend that is making it's way through high school hallways. It is called sexting, or sending nude photos via cell phone. The typical sexting scenario involves a young couple who sends nude photos to each other as a special gift. But once they break up, those pictures can be used as leverage for revenge "These images are being consensually sent out the first time around, but then there's no way to put the genie back into the bottle," said District Attorney Ben David. What begins as a private gift can spiral into public mortification. Through the halls and into the hands of every high school student; posted on the internet for the whole world to see. "They are making decisions in some cases that they're going to have to live with when they're applying for that first job or when they're trying to get into school,” said David. “Whatever image is out there of them might be coming back to haunt them." Humiliation is just the beginning. Teens may not realize the severity of their actions. Sending nude pictures of a minor, anyone under 18, fits the legal description of distributing child pornography - a felony. Even if the teen takes the picture of him or herself, it is considered manufacturing child porn. Everyone who the picture is forwarded to, can be charged with possessing child porn. They could also have to register as a sex offender. A recent survey found that one in five teens sext. A few are getting caught. Eighteen-year old Phillip Alpert of Orlando will be registered as a sex offender until he is 43, after forwarding nude photos of his ex-girlfriend. In Spotsylvania, Virginia two teenage boys are facing child pornography charges for cell phone pictures of five nude girls, one of whom is in elementary school. So is sexting an issue locally? Behavior Specialist Hannah Griesbauer said not in New Hanover County schools. "We don't want to wait until it does come across our desk before we do something about it,” she said. “So we want to make sure that we're staying on top of the technology and we're kind of staying ahead of the game, which can sometimes be very difficult because technology moves at a fast pace." Ben David said sexting is a growing issue that should not be ignored. "That happens in both New Hanover and Pender County, wherever there's young people, cell phones and the internet, which is to say everywhere." By simply pushing the send button, teens can cause life-altering consequences. David said, "Phases can last a short time, but images can last forever." Pender County law enforcement officers are dealing with several sexting cases involving middle and high school students. None of the families involved were willing to talk about sexting on camera.

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law that doesn't need to be

i think this law seriously needs to be thought over again because teenagers are soonly become adults. Plus life is short so teenagers should have as much fun as they can

Ok, you must be a teenager

Ok, you must be a teenager because I cannot think of one parent in their right mind who wants their children distributing naked pictures of themselves all over the internet.

Sexting...comes before sex

More often then not this SEXTING is a prelude to sex. I think that parents should focus on the real issue here. And talk to your kids about sex, and about any other type of sexual activity! About the pressures, and be candid with with them. Because eventually their going to find out on their own. And kids should be properly informed! Stop beating around the bush and expecting someone else to do, and be a parent and talk to your kids about real life issues. It's also not a matter of Christain or not it's about SEX!

kids

This happened when I was in school back in the stone age. Some dumb girls would let their b/f's take a Polaroid of them spread eagle and he would show it to everyone at school, it would end up getting stolen and then the entire school would pass it around. I know a few people this happened too. Only difference now is the transmission is faster. The girls are still dumb.

Being Ashamed

...has nothing to do with it. You should not be ashamed of your body, however, you should not share your nakedness with anyone prior to marriage (other than your doctor). "Christians" should know this...it is written in the Bible. (Ephesians 5:3, II Timothy 2:22, I Thessalonians 4:3-5, etc...) I know that there are reasons why people use the word "Christian" as if it is just another race or something...because some of us have not done a very good job at showing what it really means to live a life that reflects Christ and is worthy of him!

You are not serious? That

You are not serious? That comment sounds fishy.

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?????????????????????????????????????????

I have two teenagers in high

I have two teenagers in high school and they have friends that have been doing this plus even making videos of themselves engaging in sexual activity. One of the thirteen year old girls on the bus had a picture of herself performing a sex act on a teenage male and was showing it all over the bus last year. In a country where the liberals believe every child over the age of twelve should be handed birth control and allowed to have all the sex they want to have, then it is hard to impress upon them that texting a naked picture of themselves or their friends can result in felony charges and being branded a sex offender.

do what?

"liberals believe every child over the age of twelve should be handed birth control and allowed to have all the sex they want to have". Wow you are in the dark. Liberals and people with any sense know that some 12 year old's are already having sex and want to make sure they are protected because their PARENTS are totally in the dark about their own kids. The kids that do this sort of thing do not get the idea from liberals. Kids have been sexual since the beginning of time so blaming a group of people for it is ludicrous. Would you rather your teenagers got pregnant rather than have access to birth control? Last time I looked they sold condoms at every store.

It is so sad that we, as

It is so sad that we, as Americans, find that the human body is something to be ashamed of. We go to church to praise God, then find His creation shameful. What is the big deal, anyhow? Visit other countries and you will find much different situations. They are very comfortable with their sexuality. Americans, and "Christians", especially are just too uptight.

I agree with you that

I agree with you that Americans are up-tight about the human body. Look at all the other countries where they see nothing wrong with the human body. I don't think people should be allowed to walk around naked, but if children are taught from a young age to not be embarrassed by their body, it won't be such a big deal when they grow up.

shameful, why?

It is my understanding Adam and Eve were naked in the Garden of Eden until they sinned against God. They became shameful and covered themselves with fig leaves. (Gen.) God saw their shamefulness and provided them with animal skins. These skins were a better covering in the practical sense that they would not wilt like leaves. The use of animal skins was also designed to teach them that only God could provide an adequate covering for their sin and that covering of their sins required the shedding of blood. (Heb.) So, was the shamefulness caused because they were naked, or because they realized they had sinned? God's creation was good until Adam and Eve's fall into sin, then it became shameful. Americans and Christians have beliefs and opinions just like you have, maybe when it comes to certain things you might be too uptight too.

My favorite part of all of

My favorite part of all of this is when a 16 year old boy can be charged with a Felony when sending his girlfriend a picture of his wang, and nobody in court seems to think this is a problem. This country is a mess.

What?

God also made the coca plant and the marijuana plant, so we should partake in that because it's part of God's lovely creation, right? *sarcasm* Do you belong to a nudist colony or something because you are making no sense. On topic...kids shouldn't have access to cell phones with cameras on them and should only be able to access computers under adult supervision. I blame the parents.

There is something to be said for modesty

Sure there are other countries that seem more comfortable with their sexuality, but there are also others that imprison unrelated men and women for being alone in the same room together. America falls somewhere in the middle. There isn't anything wrong with a little modesty. Not shame; there is a difference.

Maybe it has to do with the

Maybe it has to do with the fact of the child pornographers and other types of sexual abusers in this country that are so "very comfortable with their sexuality", and how far over the line they would go if there is nothing in place to limit them. Funny how you would bring up religion and God, yet you do not ascribe to the Bible's admonitions about modesty.

YES, THE HUMAN BODY IS

YES, THE HUMAN BODY IS BEAUTIFUL. BUT NOT WHEN IT'S YOUR 15 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER! JUST HOW UN- UPTIGHT ARE YOU??????????.THIS IS THE LAND OF PREDATORS AND MONSTERS!!!!!!!

That 15y/o daughter has

That 15y/o daughter has probably had more sex partners than you did when you were reached 21

That 15y/o daughter has

That 15y/o daughter has probably had more sex partners than you did when you were reached 21 Probably more than she has had to date! Christanity defies all that is normal, natural, and logical. And, the other way around. Unfortunately, many of our laws are religion-based. Thomas Jefferson once said: Christianity is the most perverted system ever shone on man.

IDIDN'T HAVE ANY PARTNERS AT

IDIDN'T HAVE ANY PARTNERS AT 15, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAYBE YOURS HAS. BUT I TRY TO KEEP THE LINE OF COMMUNICATION OPEN SO SHE WON'T FIND HERSELF ALL OVER THE NET.ITS A TRYING JOB, BUT WORTH IT TO KEEP HER SELF-WORTH AND RESPECT IN A TIME WHERE THERES HARDLY ANY.AND THAT STARTS AT HOME.

Learn to read

Maybe you should go back to school and learn to read. I never said you had any sexual partners at age 15. What I said (AGAIN) was that this girl probably had more sexual partners at 15 than what you had by the time you reached 21