What is “sexting”?Sexting is the act of sending pictures of a sexual nature between cell phones, or other electronic media such as the Internet. It is often done between minors.
How does sexting affect youth?
There can be a bullying aspect to sexting. In one case in Cincinnati, a girl committed suicide after photos she sent to a boyfriend were sent to hundreds of people. The girl received harassing messages through her MySpace and Facebook accounts, and in person.
Are there any legal precedents regarding sexting?
- A Pennsylvania district attorney attempted to prosecute three girls for sexting. In this case, the prosecutor threatened to charge the girls with felony child pornography for sending partially-nude pictures of themselves to boys in their classes.
Source: American Association of School Administrators