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?