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OMG! Parents Want Laws Against Sexting

The family of Jessica Logan, the teen who committed suicide after being harassed for sending nude cell phone photos to her boyfriend (aka "sexting"), wants lawmakers to pass tougher laws addressing the phenomenon.

Through a national campaign, Jessie's parents will push for laws against forwarding and posting explicit cell-phone photos online.

In fact, around the country, some teenagers have already faced criminal charges for sexting. In Florida, for example, one 18-year-old was sentenced to five years probation after forwarding photos of his ex-girlfriend to 70 people. He will also have to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

Do you think teenagers who forward nude photos of minor teens should be charged with pedophilia? Perhaps the education system can increase awareness and internal consequences without having to involve criminal charges.


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babygirl86 babygirl86 8 years
Teens shouldn't be texting pics of themselves don't they have any self respect and i think that the laws should get tighter and as for the ones over age that send pics. remember if you don't want to be seen then don't do it cause once a picture is online it's there forever, you make your own decisions as adults and you know that there will always be consequences.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I'm going to disagree with the consent issue, while she may have never intended anyone other than her BF to see the pictures, once they leave her cell phone they are subject to be seen by anyone on accident or on purpose. It was her duty to not send potentially embarassing data out. Granted the kid was a major A hole for sending it to several people and he should be punished, but not as a sex offender. I'm going to say something that may not be popular I'm wonder what kind of mental state this girl was in prior to sending the picture, she was obviously fragile and again this goes back to parenting!
Stella-Stylist Stella-Stylist 8 years
I cannot believe that that kid has to register as a sex offender. WOW!!! For 25 years? Good grief? Isn't that a bit over the top? 25 years? I just can't get over it!! I feel so for him because I have a friend who had to do that because of his girl's parents filing statutory rape against him and it totally ruined his life. He ended up marrying the girl but that means nothing!! It's hard for him to find employment and he is limited to his career goals. I believe that educating against sending nude photos of yourself would definitely behoove these teens. Letting them know that it's against the law and you could ruin your life by doing it. Hmmmm........society can be such a trip.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I agree with what Clarabelle said.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I look like a crazy person here just talking to myself. :fogey:
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Also, how is a law going to be enforced to make this happen anyway? What would the authorities do that a parent can't?
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
:oops: Marlon! I meant Marlon!
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
but, momma tikita, the point is to give them the tools- guidance, security, confidence etc, that they wouldn't do that. You can't hover over their heads 24/7 but you can do other things influence good behavior. Or scare the hell out of them if there's a chance they do something naughty. I still love Marlo! :)
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Hypno! YOu just gave me high school flashbacks! :scared: Mrs. P, your daughter was not at school today! :scared:
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Exactly splork!
babaloo babaloo 8 years
How about parents not giving kids phones that allow for photos and texting if they can't be trusted? But that would require parenting and responsibility. Since we are in the age of the nanny state let's just have the government take care of it. Since we want government control of most of our lives, let's have it control cell phones too.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
Parents need to get their head out of their asses, and educate themselves and their kids of the potential dangers, my daughter is nine and she knows about a lot of things that are going on because I talk to her about it (of course age appropriate). I'm sick and tired of these girls and their parents playing the victims. Your daughter was stupid enough to send out nude pictures pay the consequences; she should be punished too, for soliciting. Now for the boys they deserve to be punished to, but sorry that is too damn harsh, a sex offender for 25 years are you serious, that's a felony he is doomed for life, and yes he should have thought of it before but so should she.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
I kind of agree. The parents can't be to blame every time a kid screws up. If you don't buy them a cell phone there are still web-cams, cameras, and if parents choose not to buy them those kids can easily go to the store and buy a disposable camera. If a teenager wants to do something they'll do it. End of story. By the way some kids do NEED cell phones. With all the crazy shit that happens now a days its pretty important. My niece always has her cell phone on since she walks home from school in a not so good neighborhood. She's had it since she was 12.
janneth janneth 8 years
Educators can explain the problem, but if the girl is in love or drunk, she will do as she pleases. Parents are to blame? Parents can't be at home every single minute. It is child porn if someone forwards these photos. Make it the law and it may stop. And yes, the girls are stupid.
janneth janneth 8 years
Consensual has no meaning here. They don't consent that the pictures be sent around.
notinthemood notinthemood 8 years
Hypnoticmix... you are awesome! That was the best idea EVER!
rachelsmith rachelsmith 8 years
Child porn laws, at any rate, need to be relaxed when it comes to consensual pictures held by other teens. You know, like people under 18 with child porn can get charged with harassment of the other person if they forward a text, but don't get in trouble for having an effing picture of themself. You can have sex legally in my state at 16 - 15 in places in Canada, probably lower elsewhere. So why can't you videotape that? Seems ridiculous. The kids getting sued for having child porn are not what the law was designed to prevent. And outlawing explicit pictures sent by text message? Seems like the government overstepping their bounds. We have cameras, and we can legally take pictures of whatever we want. It's not like audio recording - we have no legal obligation tell someone they're having pictures taken. It's not gonna help to pass laws against this behavior, and we all know adults do it too. Hell, I heard three thirty-somethings discussing it on a bus a few days ago. Oh, and to a few commenters: teens, in fact, do need cell phones. Jobs, cars, often riskier behavior, are good reasons for having that line open. Communication by cell phone is pretty much non-negotiable today. I don't know a single teen without one. Not having a cameraphone? Stupid. Raise your kid with values but trust them to be able to surf the net or have a camera. The girl who committed suicide did so because of bullying and harrassment. This aint gonna stop even if all sexting stopped. Even if teens stopped drinking. It isn't right, clearly, but sexting was not the problem in this situation. -disclaimer: I am under the age of 20. And in school.-
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Oh this is ridiculous. I really do think that there is a technological alternative capably of dealing with this issue. Any photo that is sent from or to you child's phone also gets sent to your phone, simple as that. There is no law worse than seeing the look on yo momma's face when she knows what's up. So get on the horn and tell the geeks who make all of these technologically advanced phones that people are silly enough to pay $500 for and make it happen.
notinthemood notinthemood 8 years
Here's a thought... parents, stop buying your kids camera phones and text capabilities! And teach your kids some values!
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
This is just another case of the courts doing what PARENTS SHOULD DO. If you're concerned that your child is or might do this, dont' buy them a damned cell phone! Kids DO NOT need cell phones! I didn't have a cell phone until I was in my 20's because they weren't highly used until then. I made it, and so can our kids now! We do NOT need more rules and regulations, we need MORE RESPONSIBLE PARENTS!
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I also agree w/ zeze about the singers and magazines etc.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
#28 no he shouldn't get off scott free. And, I don't know how this woman was with her daughter. Maybe she was a very involved mother. But I also have a daughter. Not only do we talk about these things. I know what she's doing. True maybe I don't know if she borrows a phone and did that. Or did something when she's at a friends house. But she would have to be desperate and I would notice that sort of behavior. I'm not saying that she has no privacy either. I just can't see how a parent cannot know what their kid is capable of if they are involved with their kids. Talking about issues and what they think about etc. etc. I don't like laws put out there that really they are taking the responsibility away from parents and giving it to other authorities. But I do understand your other points.
jenintx jenintx 8 years
Along with what zeze said, parents not only have to teach morals but make sure these girls understand that the consequences of these seemingly harmless actions can be embarrassing, that they are indeed taking a risk in putting trust in anyone they take any picture with (the Miley "Chinese-mocking" picture comes to mind). Then when it does happen, parents have to make their children accept responsibility in their part of it all instead of playing the blame game and trying to sue. And that's not to say that boys should be held blameless in all of this. They need to be taught to respect women and their bodies. And that should start with all of society condemning the standards being set by Hollywood (be it body issues or moral issues).
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
zeze - good point. With everything out there these days, it's hard for kids not to feel that way. I know an 10 year old who knows about sex because she read about it in her 13 year old sister's magazine. That blows my mind.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm just pointing out there is always a way around what your parents say. My parents taught me to be nice to people and that mass murder was bad. Yet we still have Ted Bundy, The Unibomber, etc, etc. My point is there are always going to be people who are going to be cruel no matter what. I don't agree with the making them having to sign the sexual predator list. I agree that is pretty severe. I do think there should be some form of punishment. Starting with the parents is great. Teaching young women that getting naked and taking pics for a guy isn't necessary is great. Teaching guys to respect a girl if they do send them a nude pic is great. You are still going to have some guys who don't care. Some girls will shrug it off. Some will commit suicide. Some 10 year olds might see the pics. I don't think any teen who sends the pic (the original receiver then resends) should get off scott free.
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