Boy's sexting collection considered c...

Boy's sexting collection considered child porn

There are 21 comments on the The Reporter story from Apr 4, 2010, titled Boy's sexting collection considered child porn. In it, The Reporter reports that:

Dear Straight Talk: My older brother is 16. Lots of girls think he's hot and they text him nude or sexy photos of themselves which he saves on his phone.

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Abraham Lincoln

Columbia, MD

#1 Apr 4, 2010
While I would love it for people to stand up for the first amendment, and actively defend the constitution, the family values special interests will punish them savagely for doing so. My recommendation for your brother would be to delete the pictures immediately, and to firmly warn the girls not to text the numbers to his phone. If they keep coming, he needs to change his number, and only give it out to those that he trusts. Unfortunately, these laws are real, and due to Megan's Law, if he gets registered as a sex offender, his life is effectively over. This country loves vilifying innocent people who don't play by their rules, and turning them into criminals by necessity.

Katelyn, in order to respond to your argument, it is formally fallacious. ONE person committed suicide. Millions have sexted, and only ONE has committed suicide. Do not tell lies to get your agenda across.
JMartini

Moraga, CA

#2 Apr 4, 2010
Wow. Katelyn didn't lie. If you do a quick Google search you'll find that there has been 2 confirmed suicides that the authorities have directly related to "sexting". Hope Witsell & Jesse Logan.
Anyway, there are likely several other suicides that had other factors contributing to it so the act of sexting and suicide can't be directly linked.
Anyway, only ONE person has garnered a lot of media attention. Just so we get our facts straight.
rob

United States

#4 Apr 4, 2010
GITC wrote:
Teens learn dramatic lessons from examples.
Yeah like bigotry from their "Granny in the crosswalk" types, put a sock in it you old biddy you have alot of nerve to talk about "examples" with the racial hatred diatribe you consistently spew. Spew on you, hypocrite.

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#6 Apr 4, 2010
Megan's Law is being abused if a 16 yr old can be charged with child porn for nudie pics of same age girls. I think the spirit of the law is being misrepresented. Save the charges for the truly sick...not the teen horn dog with a titty shot of his girl. The appropriate person to deal with that youngster is the girls father. And before you zealots start grabbing for hate speech from the atmosphere, no, I do not like the idea of teens sexting, but I don't feel it is a crime!
DaveInWoodland

Strawberry, CA

#7 Apr 6, 2010
Don't do it, have him read the recent cases of prosecution for this. It's not worth ruining your entire life for.
Bob

San Jose, CA

#8 Apr 7, 2010
I'm with MrR on this one up to the point of the girls father. If the girl willingly sent a picture of herself the father does have a problem, but it is not the boys fault for receiving it or even maybe enjoying it.

“people need to grow the f-- up”

Since: Sep 08

nor cal

#9 Apr 7, 2010
MrRealistic wrote:
Megan's Law is being abused if a 16 yr old can be charged with child porn for nudie pics of same age girls. I think the spirit of the law is being misrepresented. Save the charges for the truly sick...not the teen horn dog with a titty shot of his girl. The appropriate person to deal with that youngster is the girls father. And before you zealots start grabbing for hate speech from the atmosphere, no, I do not like the idea of teens sexting, but I don't feel it is a crime!
agreed. i mean if these children are going to be criminals because they're stupid and take nude photos of themselves and get labeled as sex offenders for the rest of their lives, what's to stop the government from saying that minors can't have sex or they will be labeled as rapists or something? not saying that either one is ok when you're young but it's not too far off.

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#10 Apr 8, 2010
Bob wrote:
I'm with MrR on this one up to the point of the girls father. If the girl willingly sent a picture of herself the father does have a problem, but it is not the boys fault for receiving it or even maybe enjoying it.
I don't mean beat the kid up or anything, but you must inform his mother of the level of respect for women the lad has. As for the girl...how much do reform schools run???
C Shell

Oakland, CA

#11 Apr 8, 2010
MrRealistic wrote:
Megan's Law is being abused if a 16 yr old can be charged with child porn for nudie pics of same age girls. I think the spirit of the law is being misrepresented. Save the charges for the truly sick...not the teen horn dog with a titty shot of his girl. The appropriate person to deal with that youngster is the girls father. And before you zealots start grabbing for hate speech from the atmosphere, no, I do not like the idea of teens sexting, but I don't feel it is a crime!
If your wife sent nude photos of you around the world, would you care? Same thing, just younger people doing it. It's porn.

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#12 Apr 8, 2010
C Shell wrote:
<quoted text>
If your wife sent nude photos of you around the world, would you care? Same thing, just younger people doing it. It's porn.
Yes, mainly because the world would be on my jock...
Susan

Lafayette, CA

#13 Apr 12, 2010
Don't sweat it folks! We have Legislators (Democrats) actually pondering these types of photos and purpose to a lessor crime status.

I did I say Democrats?
Susan

Lafayette, CA

#14 Apr 12, 2010
rob wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah like bigotry from their "Granny in the crosswalk" types, put a sock in it you old biddy you have alot of nerve to talk about "examples" with the racial hatred diatribe you consistently spew. Spew on you, hypocrite.
Now, take a breath and you'll feel better.
james

Vacaville, CA

#15 Apr 12, 2010
rob wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah like bigotry from their "Granny in the crosswalk" types, put a sock in it you old biddy you have alot of nerve to talk about "examples" with the racial hatred diatribe you consistently spew. Spew on you, hypocrite.
Amen.
james

Vacaville, CA

#16 Apr 12, 2010
Bob wrote:
I'm with MrR on this one up to the point of the girls father. If the girl willingly sent a picture of herself the father does have a problem, but it is not the boys fault for receiving it or even maybe enjoying it.
It is a problem. I have two teenage girls in High School with another that graduated a couple of years ago. It isn't just sexting that gets them in trouble with their peers, it is the internet, specifically, FaceBook and Myspace and the like.

All my daughters have had some problems with it to some degree. Two out of three have had serious consequences with sexting and the internet and how their 'friends' perceive them. Kids can go from really popular to outcasts in a weekend, completely shattering their confidence by what they think is harmless play. Kids live in a fish bowl. Everything is so life and death. They just don't have the capability to rationalize that this stuff will not matter in 1 year or 2, all that matters is today.

Are boy's fault? Yes and No. I agree, they should not be prosecuted under Megan's Law, at the same time, they should be taught of the ramifications they can have on someone's life by sharing a post or a picture that was for 'their eye's only.'
Is sexting dealing in child porn and something illegal? Maybe not on the surface but it can get there. At some point, spreading private pictures and messages can go to far. What is that point and when do boys need to take some responsiblity?

I also have a son, we have had our talk.

Boys that spread this stuff around school are not be without a free pass. The mental anguish for a young girl that made a mistake can be huge and maybe not to the point of suicidal, but certainly can be life altering.

I am glad I didn't have to grow up with this crap.
james

Vacaville, CA

#17 Apr 12, 2010
MrRealistic wrote:
<quoted text>I don't mean beat the kid up or anything, but you must inform his mother of the level of respect for women the lad has. As for the girl...how much do reform schools run???
Exactly. If boys are given a free pass to spread 'private messages' because 'Boys will be Boys,' when do these boys develop a healthy respect for women? If not now, when?

You should start teaching boys to be men and love women when they are babies. It is probably not to late as a teenager.

As for your question, 20K+ a year.

Since: Jul 09

Denver, CO

#18 Apr 12, 2010
Thank goodness I don't have girls, but I do have 3 boys. My question is, why aren't these parents checking their kids cell phones??

First of all there is no reason for kids to have a data plan that would allow them to send or get pictures on their phones; that's the most absurd thing I ever heard of.
Second, it only takes a little effort to check your kids phones and text messages. My boys know that if they aren't doing anything wrong, then they should have no problem letting me see their phones, and until they get a job and start paying for the phone it's still my property.

When did parents quit being parents???
Anthony

Dixon, CA

#19 Apr 12, 2010
What if they were actual pictures taken with a camera and printed on paper and then the boy made hard copies of them and distributed them. How many copies until he is publishing child pornography?
Choices

Daly City, CA

#20 Apr 12, 2010
james wrote:
<quoted text>
It is a problem. I have two teenage girls in High School with another that graduated a couple of years ago. It isn't just sexting that gets them in trouble with their peers, it is the internet, specifically, FaceBook and Myspace and the like.
All my daughters have had some problems with it to some degree. Two out of three have had serious consequences with sexting and the internet and how their 'friends' perceive them. Kids can go from really popular to outcasts in a weekend, completely shattering their confidence by what they think is harmless play. Kids live in a fish bowl. Everything is so life and death. They just don't have the capability to rationalize that this stuff will not matter in 1 year or 2, all that matters is today.
Are boy's fault? Yes and No. I agree, they should not be prosecuted under Megan's Law, at the same time, they should be taught of the ramifications they can have on someone's life by sharing a post or a picture that was for 'their eye's only.'
Is sexting dealing in child porn and something illegal? Maybe not on the surface but it can get there. At some point, spreading private pictures and messages can go to far. What is that point and when do boys need to take some responsiblity?
I also have a son, we have had our talk.
Boys that spread this stuff around school are not be without a free pass. The mental anguish for a young girl that made a mistake can be huge and maybe not to the point of suicidal, but certainly can be life altering.
I am glad I didn't have to grow up with this crap.
The boys would have nothing to spread if the girls weren't sending it. This should not be prosecuted if they are the same age. Now if it's a 16 year old showing pictures of a 13/14 year old - damn right he should be on Megan's Law.

The whole scenario is sickening if you ask me! It's like a child counselor I know once said, when I backed my daughter's boyfriend into a wall for something a lot less than this! The boys are going to do what the girls allow! Why do we think these idiot boys are walking around with their pants hanging low? Because the teenage girls haven't told them how stupid they look and believe me if they did, that trend would be over faster than it started!

Parents have to speak to their daughters and impower them, let them know how much self worth they have and how it's truly the good girls calling the shots and teach their sons respect and remind them nothing is truly private and they can't trust other teenagers - period!

“people need to grow the f-- up”

Since: Sep 08

nor cal

#21 Apr 21, 2010
Jennifer in Vacaville wrote:
Thank goodness I don't have girls, but I do have 3 boys. My question is, why aren't these parents checking their kids cell phones??
First of all there is no reason for kids to have a data plan that would allow them to send or get pictures on their phones; that's the most absurd thing I ever heard of.
Second, it only takes a little effort to check your kids phones and text messages. My boys know that if they aren't doing anything wrong, then they should have no problem letting me see their phones, and until they get a job and start paying for the phone it's still my property.
When did parents quit being parents???
if the phone the kids have has a camera, it can send and receive pics. most cell companies lump text and pictures into one catagory usually calling it messaging. and it really isn't that absurd.
Inthemiddle

Artesia, CA

#22 Apr 24, 2010
I dont see why everyone tries to blame the boy. Its mostly the girls fault, if she had more respect for HERSELF this wouldent be a problem. Also girls often ask for nude pictures from boys but boys are smart enough to say no and cant be peer pressured into doing it either. Thats why you never see boys on the news trying to sue or commit suicide because of nude pictures. So if you truly think about it, boys are more responsible than girls these days!

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