Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I will give $5 to anyone who can show me a real, live teenager who uses the word "sexting"

Rethinking Sex Offender Laws for Youth Texting

The article is worth a read, but there are two points that I thought were worth highlighting:
Professor Adler said. “While sexting is bad judgment, it’s simply not what the Supreme Court had in mind when it crafted the child pornography law. It just doesn’t make sense that in a lot of the sexting situations, the pornographer and the victim are one and the same person.”

That's a *headdesk* moment if ever there was one.

The district attorney told parents of the students involved — both those in the images and those whose phones contained the images — that their children could be prosecuted for child pornography unless they took part in an after-school program.
The program, divided by gender, involved random drug tests, probation and classes in which the girls would “gain an understanding of what it means to be a girl in today’s society,” by, among other things, writing essays on why their actions were wrong.

Yep, nothing will address this issue quite as effectively as a good ol' five-paragraph essay.

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