Monday, January 19, 2009

'Sexting' Teenagers?!

I love learning new words. However, they don't always show up that often. This word appear and I knew this one was a keeper. That's the only reason why this story caught my eye. Seriously... Maybe... Okay, probably not.

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'Sexting' Teenagers Charged With Child Pornography
by Lee Bains

Six Greensburg, Pennsylvania high-schoolers, found out to be exchanging nude pictures of themselves via text message this past November, have now been charged with child pornography, according to FOX News.

Three unidentified girls between the ages of 14 and 15 allegedly sent nude pictures of themselves to three boys, all between 16 and 17. Apparently, the school found out when one student's cell phone was confiscated for being used during school hours. Said pictures were stored in the phone.

This news, filed under 'sexting,' comes on the heels of a similar story, having taken place on the other side of the country. There is a big difference here, though. While the Seattle teenagers were kicked off the cheerleading team, the Greensburg teenagers are being charged as criminals.

While we all know that child pornography is a problem that should be taken very seriously, we also know the difference between middle-aged men illegally obtaining images of nude pre-pubescent children and teenage girls voluntarily giving nude images of themselves to teenage boys. The former is criminal behavior, and warrants prosecution by the state; the latter is dumb, and warrants a whupping from a parent. [From: FOX News] <-- Boooo

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