There is no debate that teens love their cell phones (even adults do). Constant access to technology as well as the cameras that are included in most phones can put people at risk of facing charges related to child pornography.
Kids and teens in particular generally can't process the consequences of their actions. According to a recent study of teens, about one in three teens admits to texting nude photos to someone. This behavior is popularly known as "sexting." Despite the cutesiness of the name, the repercussions of sexting are anything but cute.
The fact that kids and not adults are most likely to text naked pictures of themselves is scary because of child pornography laws. A teen who thinks it is fun and flirty to send a topless picture of herself to her boyfriend technically could be considered engaging in the distribution of child pornography. The receiver of the text could be in trouble for possessing child porn.
Though authorities admit that few teens are usually prosecuted for such sex crimes, it is important for teens and their parents to know that the risk of criminal prosecution is there. Beyond the threat of the law is also the threat to a teen's future privacy and dignity. Many who sext pictures of themselves won't be treated as criminals but they still end up regretting sharing that much of themselves.
If there is any worry that someone might face the threat of a child pornography or internet sex crime charge, our Tennessee criminal defense lawyers can help try to mitigate the severity of the stressful situation.
Source: WFMY News 2, "Sexting: New Study Reveals 1 In 3 Teenagers Have 'Sexted'," Liz Crawford, Feb. 19, 2013