Teen facing porn charges for taking nude pics of herself

Filed under: Teens, In The News

cell phoneWhat were you thinking? If you're a parent of a teen, you may have found yourself asking this question more than once. According to recent research, if a teen answered the question honestly, they might says, "I wasn't." Experts say that a teen's risky behavior often has little thought behind it at all.

Which makes the fact that teens often have free reign over technology a little scary. Take the new trend of teens taking naked pictures of themselves or others and either sending them to friends or posting them on the Internet. What a lot of these kids may not realize, as their parents do, is that once a picture is on the Internet, it has the potential to exist forever.

One 15-year-old girl is learning that lesson the hard way. She took naked pictures of herself, then sent them off to classmates. If she was looking for attention, she got it. Authorities recently charged her with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials, and she could even be named a sex offender. The students who received her photos may face charges as well, since the photos are considered child pornography.

Authorities say that the practice is ballooning and that kids don't realize how much trouble they can get themselves into, not to mention others. A field hockey coach was recently convicted on child pornography charges after one of his athletes sent him a photo of herself in her underwear. If you think that this issue warrants a discussion in your house, visit SafetyClicks for advice on how to keep kids safe online.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.