Sexting: Youth Gone wild
Technology aims to improve our lifestyle and make it more convenient. Unfortunately, the disadvantage is always present. There is always pros and cons in everything. Sexting becomes one of the trend that rise up to teenagers and young adults. Sexting is an act of sending explicit messages or photographs between mobile phones.
Sexting has been reported in countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States. This has become a controversial issue after it caught the National headline, when an 18-year-old, Jesse Logan of Cincinnati took her own life after her boyfriend proliferate her picture that she had sent him during their relationship.
In 2008, Survey sponsored by The National Campaign To Prevention and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that 20% of teens ranging from ages 13-19 and about 30% of young adults ranging from ages 20-26 had sent nude or semi-nude photo of themselves electronically. Moreover 39% teens to 59% young adults sent sexually explicit messages.
Sexting gain consensus among lawyers and legislators in U.S. Many states imposed bills and law regarding sexting. In 2009, Connecticut Representative. Rosa Rebimbas introduce bill that lessened the penalty of sexting between consenting minors. The bill would make it Class A misdemeanor for children under 18 sending, receiving text that contains nudity or sexual messages. It is currently a felony, and violators could end up in state sex offender registry.Vermont Lawmakers introduce a bill that would legalize consensual exchange of graphic images and messages between two people ages 13-18 but it would still be a crime if they proliferate it. Ohio Lawmakers proposed a law that would lessen sexting felony to first degree misdemeanor to eliminate the possibility of a teenage offender being labeled as a sex offender for years. In New York, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski has introduced a bill that will create an affirmative defense where a minor is charged under child pornography laws if they possesses or disseminates a picture of them self; or possess or disseminates the image of another minor (within 4 year’s of their age) with their consent. While Utah and Nebraska Lawmakers lessened the penalty for sexting for someone younger than 18 years old to misdemeanor.
Technology nowadays are used in a wrong purpose by several teens, I remember once I was accidentally browsing a music channel I saw a young adult whose name I will conceal, she is about 22 years old, It was a bit disappointing to see that she is dancing and touching her private parts, I couldn’t imagine how do this teens and young adult post themselves online. When I carefully examine the situation perhaps they lack attention, and with this they can get attention from people, but the implication is that they show that they are lacking of values. We need to point out to this people the concept of personal value.
Advance technology should not be used to send intrinsically explicit messages, photos or videos. We have a digital responsibility. Sexting is link to child pornography, And we all know a lot of cases was brought in the court due of sending explicit photographs. Charges such as felony obscenity or misdemeanor are filed against this teens and young adults.
To make this even worse, The photographs of this teen and young adults can be spread into the hands of sexual predators, This is a challenge for parents. Anything that entails provocative acts should not be shown publicly. Parents should discuss this to their children. They should aware them of the law of sexting and what can possibly happen if they are caught, so that this teens and young adults wouldn’t practice this shameful act. If you are a parent do not sound so demanding or insisting, just show them that you care and you trust them. Next never take out their privilege to use a cellphone with camera or phone that they can not browse the internet, It will just aggravate the situation instead of doing that tell them that they are responsible enough to know what is right and wrong.