Sexting, the practice of many young people to take nude or nearly-nude photos of themselves and share the photos via cell phones, can result in legal and social issues teens may want to avoid.
In Decatur, Georgia this week, five teens age 13 to 16 face felony child pornography charges for sexting.
The Macon County States Attorneys Office says it is a felony in Georgia for people under the age of 18 to take, send or have nude photographs of other people under 18, even though the young people may all have consented to taking and sharing the photos. Extreme cases can net juveniles jail time and require that they register as a sexual predator, even if they are taking the pictures of themselves.
Since 2009, 20 states have enacted legislation to address the issue of sexting, many of them reducing it from a felony to a misdemeanor. Laws and punishments vary widely by state, however, so parents of young people are encouraged to review the laws in their state and discuss sexting with their children.
ne 11, 2013