Students at a high school in Wisconsin face being fined hundreds of dollars if they share a naked image, according to police. Police officers were called to Pewaukee High School, which has around students , around once a week in the previous school years due to sexting, according to the broadcaster. Most of the time, the sexting is between two consensual people, Heier explained. Wisconsin doesn't have sexting laws aimed directly at teens. Instead, child pornography laws are used. In the state, it is illegal to possess or view a visual depiction of a child engaged in sexual conduct. However, in this case officials won't take children to court and hope the fines will act as a deterrent.
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Our lives these days are intertwined with our digital devices, for good or for ill. That includes adolescent romantic and sexual relationships of all kinds — happy, tragic, mutual, one-sided, healthy, abusive. And experts say that rather than being shocked to find that kids are sexting, we should instead be talking about it from an early age, just as we should about other aspects of their developing sense of their sexual identities. Her advice to parents is to start talking about sexting — as with so many topics — younger than you think you need to. She suggested that for younger children, the conversations could be simple and could be put in the context of other absolute rules. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show decreasing rates of sexual activity among high school students over the period from to , with the prevalence of having ever had sexual intercourse down from But if early sexual activity is decreasing, though still highly prevalent, digital sexual activity is probably — and not surprisingly — becoming more common. In the new study, researchers looked at data from 39 studies of people under 18 sending and receiving sexually explicit images, videos and messages.
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A high school student in Moncton is researching why sexting and sending nude photographs and videos have become the norm among teens. Osowski said after her own experience with being harassed online, she decided it was time to address the issue head-on. Last September, she started a research project on gender toxicity in the media, which included exploring why boys feel the pressure to ask young women to take photos of themselves naked and send it to them.
A recent survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy found that 22 percent of teen girls and 20 percent of teen boys have sent nude or semi-nude photos over the Internet or their cell phones. Kids "sext" to show off, to entice someone, to show interest in someone, or to prove their commitment. Sending seductive pictures or messages is problematic enough, but the real challenge comes when this inappropriate content is shared broadly. When revealing photos are made public, the subject of them almost always ends up feeling humiliated. Furthermore, sending sexual images to minors is against the law, and some states have begun prosecuting children for child pornography or felony obscenity. Since Texas Senate Bill passed in , the legal consequences regarding sexting have been expanded in Texas. Therefore, it is extremely important for everyone - especially minors - to become aware of the penalties that can come from being convicted or adjudicated of sexting. If an individual is convicted of the felony offense of possession or promotion of child pornography, penalties range from 2 to 20 years in prison. Skip to Main Content.