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Anne Bubnic's List: Digital Citizenship/Sexting

  • Addressing Sexting Topics and Concerns

    "Sexting" refers to sending sexual photos or messages via text or picture messages, a practice engaged in by digital youth who are often unaware that these inappropriate actions may fall under child pornography laws. If prosecuted, they could face jail time and be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.

  • Apr 03, 09

    Results from this new CosmoGirl survey of teens and young adults show that 21% of teen girls and 18% of teen boys have sent/ posted nude or semi-nude images of themselves. What is going on with teens, tech, and sex?

  • Apr 03, 09

    These tips were written in April 2009, after several reported cases of teens being prosecuted for taking, distributing and possessing pictures of themselves or friends. While we are aware that such activity is inappropriate and risky, we do not feel that - in most cases - law enforcement should treat sexting as a criminal act. Except in the rare cases involving malice or criminal intent, law enforcement should play an educational role, along with parents, community leaders, school officials and other caring adults. "Sexting" usually refers to teens sharing nude photos via cellphone, but it's happening on other devices and the Web too. The practice can have serious legal and psychological consequences, so - teens and adults - consider these tips!

  • Mar 13, 09

    Startling statistics from Common Sense Media about kids and nude photo exchanges. 22% of girls admit to having engaged in this practice and 20% of boys! Includes advice for parents.

  • Mar 10, 09

    Sexting is a growing trend amongst teens in the United States, landing individuals in court, on the sex offender registry and for some, in the grave. But it is really a problem with skewed moral views in the United States?

  • Mar 10, 09

    A St. Petersburg teacher is accused of sending pornographic pictures of herself to a 14-year-old boy.

    Police say 32-year-old Christy Lynn Martin admitted she used a cell phone to exchange naked pictures with the boy last weekend.

  • Feb 22, 09

    A 15-year-old girl from central Pennsylvania faces child pornography charges after police say she sent nude pictures of herself over the Internet. The girl has been charged as a juvenile with possessing, distributing and creating child pornography.

  • Feb 06, 09

    Videos From the <b>National Teenage Dating Abuse Helpline </b> targeting teens and covering topics such as electronic harrassment through excessive text messaging, badgering to send nude pictures and hacking the private spaces of others. Can be used as a springboard for discussion among kids.

  • Apr 03, 09

    Kids Being Asked To Take Photos Of Themselves Naked

  • Jul 21, 08

    The new mobile phone phenomenon, dubbed "sexting", led to 32 Victorian [Australia] teenagers being charged with child pornography offences last year.

    • The full extent of sexting has not been quantified, but a survey by a teenage girls' magazine found 40 per cent of respondents had been asked to send sexual images of themselves.
    • Police say sexting rates are already high, while Kids Help Line says nearly half their bullying-related calls can be attributed to cyber-bullying.

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  • Apr 03, 09

    This month, three teenage girls, students at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg, Pa., were charged with disseminating child pornography.

  • Jul 21, 08

    A combustible mix of minors, sex and technology.

    • As soon as there's a new technology, it's used for sex," says Sarah Jacobs, curator of the Museum of Sex in Manhattan, which explains why people of all ages and persuasions send out naked pictures via cell phone, Craigslist and MySpace and post their sex videos on sites like YouPorn.
    • In the past six months alone, there's been a deluge of news stories about middle- and high-school students getting into trouble for sending around naked pictures and sex videos of themselves or classmates. The disposition of the cases has been wildly disparate: Some kids are arrested, some punished at school and others are lectured about online safety.
  • May 25, 08

    Boy, 17, posted nude photos of 16-Year-Old girlfriend After she dumped him. When the girl discovered the photos had been posted on the Internet with explicit captions, she contacted police, who asked Phillips to take them down or face jail time.

  • May 23, 08

    Another case of students exchanging compromising photos, showing that kids do not understand that when you share something with one or two people elecronically, you are risking putting it out there for the world to see, nor are they aware that to engage in this practice is a felony.

    • The were charged with possession of material harmful to minors, according to the Birmingham Press-Register. 

      Landon wrote that electronic transmission, or receipt of sexually explicit or pornographic material in which students are engaged "when discovered, will be addressed through the criminal justice system."

  • Apr 07, 09

    Rumors had been flying at Freedom High School in South Riding, Virginia that students were distributing nude pictures of each other on their cell phones. It's a phenomenon, known as "sexting," that's become increasingly worrisome to educators across the country, and Ting-Yi Oei, a 60-year-old assistant principal at the school, was tasked with checking it out. The investigation was inconclusive, but led to a stunning aftermath: Oei himself was charged with possession of child pornography and related crimes

    • The prosecution looked like an error right out of the gate.  The photo didn't show sexual activity or genitalia, and even the sheriff's office conceded it was "inappropriate" but not "criminal" -- making it unclear what the "child abuse" was supposed to be. In any event, as a matter of law, Oei was only required to report suspected abuse to his principal, which he'd done.  It was then Forester's job to report it to authorities if needed. Oei said Forester didn't step in to defend him to authorities. (Forester didn't return phone calls for this story)
    • Four months later, Plowman charged Oei with two more misdemeanor counts for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, claiming Oei broke the law when he had the 16-year-old boy send the photo to his cell phone and advise him on how to then forward it to his desktop computer. Each count added another year to his possible prison term. "The December charges really felt like piling on," Oei says.
  • Apr 07, 09

    Four teenagers were arrested last week in Brown County after they were accused of having nude photos on their cell phones

  • Apr 10, 09

    The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy, a private nonprofit group whose mission is to protect children, and, surveyed nearly 1,300 teens about sex and technology. The result: 1 in 5 teens say they've sexted even though the majority know it could be a crime.

    • Phillip Alpert found out the hard way. He had just turned 18 when he sent a naked photo of his 16-year-old girlfriend, a photo she had taken and sent him, to dozens of her friends and family after an argumen
    • t was a stupid thing I did because I was upset and tired and it was the middle of the night and I was an immature kid," says Alpert.

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  • Feb 06, 09

    From the National Teenage Dating Abuse Helpline. Your cell phone, IM, and social networks are all a digital extension of who you are. When someone you're with pressures you or disrespects you in those places, that's not cool.

  • Apr 16, 09

    To parents, it's even more frightening than the huge monthly bills teens run up on their cell phones. To prosecutors, it's yet another way that technology has complicated their jobs.

    • The issue at hand is "sexting," a trend that involves teens taking risqué cell phone photos of themselves or friends and then transmitting them to other acquaintances. Some parents and adolescent experts say it's just teenagers doing the stupid things that teenagers do to flirt with or harass each other. But some prosecutors worry about the images falling into the hands of potential predators and they've brought child pornography and other charges against those involved.
    • But even though a cursory Web search reveals other recent sexting cases in Vermont, Indiana, Wisconsin and California, among other places, not everyone is aware of the practice just yet, or has an opinion on whether it's a criminal offense.
  • Apr 16, 09

    The image was blurred and the voice distorted, but the words spoken by a young Ohio woman are haunting. She had sent nude pictures of herself to a boyfriend. When they broke up, he sent them to other high school girls. The girls were harassing her, calling her a slut and a whore. She was miserable and depressed, afraid even to go to school.

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