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But this new high school dating trend can get teens arrested and ruin lives.


Great. Another new teen trend to keep us up at night. According to CNN, more and more teens are trading nude photos of themselves over cell phones.

Cases have been reported in Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Alabama, Utah, Pennsylvania, Texas and Connecticut, and the practice appears to be gaining popularity. The perception among teens is that sending nude photos is cute or funny, attorney Ronald Dunn told the Salt Lake Tribune. But he says sharing such photos meets the federal definition of child pornography ... and breaks the law. But even if your teen doesn't get charged with a felony, the photos can end up being forwarded to everyone in school, causing devastation and ongoing humiliation.

Teens have told prosecutors the photo trading is fueled by students vying for attention from the opposite sex. A girl likes a guy, so she sends a nude picture of herself to him--or vice versa.

"Parents ought to handle this by keeping track of their kids or taking away their cell phones," prosecutor Craig Halls says. Another attorney encourages parents to consider whether their children need to have cameras with their cell phones--or whether the teens need phones at all.

Do you check your teen's cell phone pictures? If not, will you now?

15 comments so far | Post a comment now
Danielle April 2, 2008, 7:30 PM

See…this is why my boys really don’t need a phone!

If it weren’t for the fact we live in a crazy world, I’d say to hell with the whole phone thing….but YES, I will check now since this type of thing is going on. I trust my boys, but I think if I check on them once in a while, it couldn’t hurt. :)

George April 3, 2008, 12:27 PM

Why are we so uptight about naked pictures? Our naked pictures being seen by others is humiliating? If these kids are humiliated, they should have thought about that before hand. In Europe, there are naked people everywhere - parks, beaches..and it’s no big deal. I think our society gets more upset about pictures of naked people being sent on cell phones than we do about our low innercity school graduation rates, teenage pregnancy, and crime. I think we have our priorities all messed up.

Rich Pasco April 3, 2008, 12:44 PM

The real crime is arresting teen-agers for harmless play which is perfectly legal if adults do it.

Child-pornography laws were intended to stop adults from exploiting children, not to stop teens from having fun. I say, leave them alone.

Jacob April 22, 2008, 8:44 PM

Yeah man, I mean, its nasty to think of some 48 year old man, pleasing himself with these pics, but like George said, its all about prioritys

c vee June 12, 2008, 9:15 AM

my step-daughter used her digital camera and sent pics and now is sorry - police are involved - he sent them everywhere - they don’t need a camera phone to get in trouble- just a naive girl and a manipulative boyfriend

abi June 18, 2008, 12:29 AM

This is happening a lot at my HS, even while I was in middle school. Yes, its a big deal- but I think it’s more hurtful to the girls who actually took the pictures. Usually the pictures are seen by the principal and vice principal, and the police (who do get involved) and the girl gets expelled.

but they do count them as child pornograpy. seniors are usually 18 or 19, and they do and have gotten into big trouble for having the pictures on their phone.

Anonymous November 11, 2009, 8:28 AM

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Aron Emous January 14, 2010, 4:24 AM

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Turdporn January 14, 2010, 4:28 AM

If they are over the age of consent- tough.
Live with the fact your parenting was inadequate and or you are a poor role model.
Expulsion from school with pornography on a phone can be legally challenged. The school has no right to dictate what a student may or not view, providing they are of legal age- faith school or not.

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