Watch out with sexting

Leave it to the Americans to create a panic situation… and to come up with a cheeky word for it.

Ever heard of sexting?  A play on the word ‘texting’, it describes the sending of nude or other comprimising pictures on the mobile phone.  According to this Reuters article, more and more parents are concerned about their teenagers sending nude pictures to friends on social networks or to their girl-/boyfriend.  The risk is that these images get into wrong hands and could be passed on, especially when the relationship or friendship is over, resulting in damage to the reputation and possibly even the career and life of the ‘victim’. 

This reminds me of a funny campaign done in the Netherlands a while back, where teens were warned against the risks of MSN and other chat utilities.  With the new media and the popularity of social networks, cyber & mobile users are behaving more and more exhibitionist.  And teenagers should indeed be careful with these.

On the other hand, I think the panic in the above mentioned article may be exagerated.  Even if explicit images are concerned, when these become more and more available online, they’ll gradually become less taboo and also less interesting.  When it’s abundant, nobody cares that much anymore.   And the less people are interested, the less harm it will do to your career or personal life. 
Unless you’re running for president, that is.

What’s your opinion?  Does your daughter’s sexting keep you up at night? Leave a comment below.

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    • JingYi Yuan
    • May 6th, 2009

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    • randyboise
    • May 8th, 2009

    SEXTING: BIGGEST CON JOB EVER PULLED ON AMERICAN ADULTS.

    We are not talking about sending dirty messages (that is true sexting), we are talking about sending naked pictures of teens – PORNOGRAPHY. Hundreds of thousands of adults are in prisons for doing exactly that, so welcome aboard teens! Our youth cannot act dumb and say they didn’t know. Most teens are smarter technically than adults in this area. They have been sending pornography for as long as cameras have been in cell phones, 10 years. Society cannot throw away an adult for innocently looking at pornography on their home computer screen, then say ‘silly teen’ to a minor and let them go free for exactly the same act on a cell phone (both were for sexual reasons or they would have had their clothes on!). Many of the naked teen pictures that adults are going to prison for now where created by willing teens sending them! But teens get caught doing the same exact things…suddenly it’s called sexting.

    Do parents realize that sexting can be/is the next step toward having sex? Both of my daughters received naked pics from boyfriends as a way of testing them to get a reaction. If they sent one back of themselves, sex was closer at hand. If they reject it, the boys seemed to move on. Sexting can be innocent, yes, but it is also what predators do to test for future advancement of grooming their next victim. Teens say that it’s innocent fun, okay, but the one sending it ALWAYS has ulterior motives, and sex is at the top of the list (or why send it naked)!!! Anyone that finds this the least bit ‘’innocent’’ is part of the problem…. Teens now waste an EXTREME amount of time on cell phones. A Sprint official stated that cell phones issued to teens average 1,200 test messages per month (not even counting sending naked pictures [which the cell phone company can see by the way!]).

    Teens are pulling quite the con to get parents to think it’s just a hobby or fad, try convincing a prosecutor of that. Sending teen pornography is illegal and they should get a record for doing it (unless stealing, robbing banks, and shoplifting is now legal for teens). Would you allow another teen to keep waving a bottle full of wine at your teen and expect it NOT to go to the next level sooner or later; drinking.

    Parents and prosecutors must realize that sexting is sending pornography and illegal at the state and federal level, and must be enforced – or the rapes, molestings, and bad happenings are going to multiply so fast that they won’t have enough counselors and jails for it all. It does no good to check your child’s phone, as files can now be encrypted so that you never find them, let alone get them open!

    SEXTING IS A CRIME AND GROOMING FOR PREDATORS, TEEN & ADULT, and if you don’t think that that lovable boyfriend is not looking for sex – I got a bridge to sell you! There are hundreds of thousands of men and women in prisons in the U.S. for making pornography, what makes a teen think they can make it legally? There are hundreds of thousands of men and women in U.S. prisons for sending and/or receiving teen pornography. Why should teens be able to send it with impunity?! It should be legal for all – or illegal for all. PERIOD!

    Very few adults that look at pornography at home go out and commit a crime, in fact, it’s more likely that a teen looking at a naked picture on a cell phone or home computer will commit a sex crime because they do not have the restraints that an adult does (hopefully). Interestingly enough, adult sexual acts go down the more they view pornography; tending to satiate on it and move on. So if anyone should not be looking at naked pictures…it’s teenagers!

    Teens have been doing this for ten years (at least), and sending them to all U.S. states and around the world – catch on, they are breaking the law, no excuses, or make it legal for all to do. And what if a child in another state where it’s legal sends one to a child in another state? All states should be legal, or none. Home computers have been sending pornography (to and from minors) for 20 years, the cell phone just got cameras 10 years ago, now they send pornography on cell phones – no difference, they just changed the name out of denial.

    If I rob a bank in a VW, or rob a bank in a Chevy, is there a difference? I robbed the bank! I sent pornography! A modem in a cell phone and a modem in a home computer are the EXACT same vehicle of transmission. ALL use Interstate phone lines, so the federal government has jurisdiction and should say ‘no’ to sexting; period. Or any parent can simply say it’s their child’s phone. You know that families swap phones to go shopping, to school, on a trip, etc. The parents will be in possession of the phone with naked pictures in the memory, or hidden in a file, but they are in possession of child pornography and should be charged as well. Legal for all, or legal for none.

    And if you think it’s an innocent act, why don’t they send a picture with clothes on? They are trying to get the other person excited and groomed for a future sexual situation. Grow up America, ALL naked picture-senders get a “record”, or none; selective prosecution is unconstitutional…. If you want to see that sending pornography is legal for teens, then you MUST let the hundreds of thousands go in prisons for the exact same thing! It’s all sexual in nature, period. Just changing the name to sexting doesn’t make it moral (or a lot of bars will quickly be re-named churches), and I can rob a bank and simply change the words to ‘early withdrawal’ and it’s legal – NOT!

    This opens the door to making/selling/using drugs by 15 year olds and giving the exact same excuse (just a silly teen, let them go)! Or how about stealing a car! Shooting a gun! Robbing someone! So let all pornography makers/senders/lookers go or start building larger juvenile jails – because they are also criminals. There is NO WAY that parents can control their own children on this, or most subjects any more. Most teens can run circles around parents where cell phones are the topic, pictures buried deep within hidden files.

    Parents are pressuring prosecutors to let their children go because of sexting, fine, silly teen, slap on the wrist, but how about the adults that simply looked at teen pornography free on their home computers with no ill-will in mind? They lose a spouse, house, job, career, families, friends, savings – it’s all the same thing, minor pornography, and parents are in denial if they defend it. One mother even got on the news and stated that her daughter should not be prosecuted for sexting because she has the right to email topless pictures of herself. Well, guess what, I understand Art is beautiful, but sending naked pictures to others (especially uncontrolled hormonal boys) is called being a ‘prick-tease’ and winding up a hormonal boy, then shutting him down, is the fastest way to a rape that there is! Even sending girl-to-girl is dangerous as mega jealousy and violence runs rampant in lesbian mentalities (10% of population).

    Do you really expect a teen to legally send pornography for years, then they hit 18 and cannot do it any more?! That would be like telling teens that they can drink alcohol all they want in public for free, then at 18 they are criminals if they do it. MOST Homo sapiens will become addicted to a thrilling thing if they are allowed to do it unrestrained, and America’s teens are no different. The prisons are full of people that simply looked at pornography and their lives were ruined (they didn’t produce it, they didn’t buy it, most just looked at it). Now an entirely new generation will be legally aloud to produce it, send it, and receive naked pictures of minors – that CANNOT happen – or the hundreds of thousands of U.S. adults that did the “exact same thing” must be released.

    One news article in Vermont said that sexting was simply a fad…. We are dealing with hormonal teens that now have a way to produce, send or receive anything they want; period. Wait until they grow up, you WILL NOT believe what type of society we have then! Well over 50% of children are molested by their own siblings or friends now, wait until those pictures spread uncontrolled. The technology Genie is out of the bottle. Don’t believe me? Try taking a cell phone away from a teen….

    Take away ALL camera cell phones from teens – or start saving for legal bills, because most teens have either created, sent, or received teen pornography. A recent study says that 20% “admitted” sending or receiving teen sexting pornography, but it is closer to 90%, as most teens know that surveys can be traced back for anti-suicide purposes so they are not honest with their answers. And even if someone sends a naked picture to them and they delete it, it is still in the cell phone’s memory chip! The chip itself would have to be replaced to remove the evidence from law enforcement, and even then the buffer at the cell phone company will retain the picture for many years (assuming no one on the Internet finds it). Then, if that teen grows up to be famous, run for election, or just makes mega bucks, that memory can easily relieve a foolish teen’s act to build up their sad ego – and destroy any future for them. EVERYTHING is recorded now; cell phone conversations, land line phone calls, text messages, pictures sent on cell phones and computers, Internet sites, what sites you look at & buy, and even HAM radio transmissions are recorded by the FCC.

    If teens can change the name of sending pornography to ‘sexting’, I can change the name of illegal drugs to ‘happy time.’ Happy days are here again…and when a teen gets caught with drugs (happens a thousand times a day in the U.S.) their new defense will be that they re-named it, just like producing & sending pornography has been changed to sexting. Adults are sooooo stupid….. And when a kid slaps their mother, it will be re-named ‘parental corrective measure’. And when a boy wets his bed and a father kills him, it will be re-named ‘fair punishment.’ And when a girl shoplifts, it will be re-named ‘temporarily borrowed’. I knew that kids were getting smarter with technology, but adults aren’t supposed to lose their brains – don’t you see the con job being played on American adults by today’s teens (especially after they get caught)?!

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