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  1. ibeeeg
    Aug 24 - 8:44 pm

    Geesh…this is scary stuff! One more thing to add to my list of stuff to talk to the girls about, and another thing to worry a bit about. The thing is, it is terribly difficult for a parent of a teenager to completely monitor them. What is worse, is that your child could be held responsible for something that was *sent* to them regardless if they asked for it or not. That too me is crazy and beyond reason. I have not read the linked article yet. I am off to do so now.

  2. A
    Aug 24 - 8:52 pm

    When my adoptive daughter with disabilities was conned into sending a nude pix of herself,
    I found out that she can be charged for sending it because she was underage. Not only could she be charged with sending it, anyone receiving it or opening it can also be charged. Being nieve and manipulated could also land her on the sexual abuse registry for 10 to 20 years.

    I was the one who found it, reported it and found out the rules as this person who was befriending my disabled daughter was actually 47. After they researched my daughters computer usage, her email, and with her psychiatrists/physicians reports they realized she is a vulnerable child and a victim. They put her on probation until her l8th birthday, and no computer, phone or internet use without an adult in presence. She got off lucky.

  3. Michelle at Scribbit
    Aug 25 - 12:08 am

    Thanks for helping to spread the word on this–parents definitely need to know.

  4. Sara
    Aug 25 - 3:40 am

    It is very serious and I know because I have a very dear friend dealing with this situation right now. Only it involves both her son AND her husband.

    The son received the offending text message and sent it to his father to show him what another kid had sent him. The girl’s parents found out and reported all the kids who received the message and it was determined that my friend’s son had sent it to another person – his father.

    The boy is being charged with possession and distribution of child pornography and the father is charged with possession. It has been a horrible experience for this family. And because the law does not allow for juvenile’s names to be made public but does for adults, the father’s name has been in the media for possession of child pornography.

    The ramifications are significant with this type of ‘innocent intimacy’. Thank you for giving this very serious crime a platform.

  5. Janice
    Aug 25 - 6:36 pm

    What drives me CRAZY about these laws, along with statutory rape laws, is that the court should be INTELLIGENT and respons APPROPRIATELY to situations that clearly do fall under criminal INTENT!!!!

    It is CRIMINAL that children who RECEIVE a message should be held responsible for committing a crime. COME ON! The courts and the police should practice common sense and not have the out of date laws destroy innocent people’s lives.

    It makes me CRAZY!!!!

  6. Kristie
    Aug 26 - 1:09 pm

    It’s crazy how long it takes the law to catch up with technology. This is a truly scary concept. You really have no control over who sends you a text. I am glad my kids are still small and we are not there yet with this stuff, but it will be here before we know it!

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