While sexting laws aren’t clear yet, they can spell trouble for teens and their parents…
Not long after the advent of mobile devices, adolescents and teenagers turned to technology to contact peers. While one primary use of mobile or smart phones is to stay in contact with parents, research shows alarming percentages of children use them for something else: sexting. A 2012 study found 15 percent of adolescents with cell phone access sexted (sending or receiving sexually explicit images and or texts via mobile phones and other electronic devices) and 54 percent reported knowing someone who had sent a sext.
Sexting laws are relatively new. Australian laws regarding sexting differ significantly and in states without designated sexting laws, the crime may still be punished under pre-existing laws that target child pornography. While the legal consequences of sexting are still a little hazy, it’s a good idea to talk keep your kids in the loop. This infographic provides tips for parents to prepare their children for an increasingly digital world.
Permanent Picture: Teen Sexting (And What Parents Should Do About It) (via Intella Blog)