Skip to comments.Teens' nude photos get unexpected results
Posted on 12/10/2008 11:26:19 AM PST by Fractal Trader
The high school in Salem, N.H., was abuzz last month as a photograph of a topless 15-year-old girl was sent from cellphone to cellphone.
School staff intervened, and by the time they met with students in assemblies the next day they had discovered another compromising cellphone photo, this one of an eighth-grade girl. They soon found two more photos of naked or nearly naked girls on students' phones. Two weeks later, a similar incident occurred at nearby Sanborn Regional High School. The photograph in question was of a teenage boy.
A report being released today shows that these were not isolated incidents but part of a national trend. One-fifth of teenagers surveyed have sent or posted nude or seminude pictures or videos of themselves, usually to a boyfriend or girlfriend, and almost a third have received such images, according to "Sex and Tech," a new study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com.
Among young adults (ages 20-26), the numbers are higher: One-third said they have posted or sent racy images of themselves, and almost half have received them. TRU, a company that specializes in youth research, conducted the survey online with 1,280 teenagers and young adults selected from its database of research participants.
A spokesman for the National Campaign, a nonprofit group that advocates for sex education and access to contraceptives, said he is concerned about the link between what happens online and what happens in real life.
"What young people report is that this sort of online behavior contributes to a casual hookup culture," said Bill Albert, the group's chief program officer. "The overwhelming majority of teens and young adults don't do this, but when you get numbers like 20 percent and higher for young adults, that passes the threshhold of concern."
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This is why I don’t allow my daughter to have a cell phone with a camera in it.
This type of stuff is illegal.
I say the schools need to have a strict no cell phone policy.
In emergencies, parents can always call the school. That’s what they did when I was a kid.
My daughter is still a half a dozen years to young to be participating in behavior like this, but I can only imagine the mortification a parent must feel when confronted with this.
That being said, where would one go to view pictures such as this? For informational purposes of course.
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She can’t send but can receive................
Is this the one where some parents are actually suing the school for ‘passing around’ the pictures to other teachers to try to determine who was in the pic?
if it is kids sending to kids is it still considered child porno as it would relate to being passed between adults or adults taking the pics....??...then again this was northen new england right...??...nuff said...
Well sure ... but apparently it's the kids themselves who are posting the pictures and videos. Can you call them "criminals" in the same sense as a NAMBLA mouth-breather?
I think that the threshold of concern is a bit lower, some where around 2 to 5 percent.
20 percent is pandemic neighborhood.
How do you control all of her friends and associates, who probably Do have a phone with a camera. Or a digital camera. Or a webcam.
If your kid wants to post nudie pics, he/she will, and there's little other than good parenting (and even that won't always work), you can do to stop it.
not knocking you, just saying...
Some schools do have such a policy. Making it work is the problem. Even requiring parents to pay a fine to get them back does not limit them.
What was that the Pope said about technology?
She’ll always be too young...
Under New Hampshire law, [Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams] said, students disseminating an inappropriate photo of someone under 16 can be considered to be distributing child pornography. Come January, the threshhold in New Hampshire goes to 18.
I'm quite surprised that kids today would do this. I thought they were supposed to be "tech savvy". I mean, isn't it pretty easy for those cellphone pics to get on the Internet?
Aren't they worried about that?
I don’t want my kid to be tempted to smoke so I don’t let him carry matches.
Where my wife teaches (Forest Park..arruughh..) they have the no phones policy but it doesn’t stop the kids, every time I’m up there I count dozens of kids with bluetooth headsets or phones to their ears. They will call friends in class and if she tries to take the phone, they will call their parents (which backfires 90% of the time)...and this is a middle school...
I have email and text messaging blocked on my daughters cell phone.
Can you actually buy a cell phone with out a camera these days?
I have no idea.
Possession of any pictures of nude children is a felony. The fact that they are juveniles does not play any role in determining guilt, though it might affect the punishment. But, remember, many teens have become convicted felons for their dealings with marijuana.
Of course, I know the school. About two weeks ago, a student in Diana was caught texting during a test. They took up a lot of phones - just from the 6th graders.
Yes........When my daughter, now 22, was 16 and wanted a cell phone, she asked for "Text Messaging" at the phone store. I said why? None of your friends can read, can they? I thought the clerk was going to fall on the floor he was laffing so hard........
Are you at it again?
I am surprised (ok, not really) the technology 6ths graders have at this so called ‘highest poverty’ school in the area. Of course, I think there is a lot of number fudging or ‘unreported’ income with many of them. Last night we had a choir dress rehearsal and you wouldn’t believe the number of these kids in poverty(sic) being picked up in Escalades or 300s with tens of thousands of dollars worth of stereo equipment and rims.
You can't see some type of natural or person-made emergency that might necessitate the ability of your child to be able to contact you (or the authorities) by cell phone from school? I can think of several scenarios where I want my son to have access to his cell phone at school -- even though it must be turned off and kept out of sight during instructional periods.
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My grandsons went to Denmark this summer. The oldest came back with a comment of the obesity 'epidemic' in our country.
I meant today. Thats six years ago.
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That’s funny. Good for you.
I always look for the angel tree requests where the kids want books or educational things like leap frogs.
i agree, my 14 and 17 yos both have cellphones at school which have never been a problem. if your kid is trustworthy, having a cellphone will not matter one way or the other. if they aren’t, they are going to get into trouble, cellphone or not. Freepers are the first ones to scream about guns and SUVs being blamed for things, yet one can hear them screaming about cellphones causing shenanigans. SHENANIGANS will happen, if the flesh is willing, irrespective of technology.
My question had more to do with the scenario where some (say) 14 yo girl takes nude pics of herself and distributes them. Say some kid receives said pictures and reports the fact.
The question is: can you deal with the 14 yo girl in the same way you would if it were an adult who took/posted the pictures?
And if you have kids who receive the pics and did not report them -- would you prosecute them to the same level as if it were an adult in posession?
None of this is an attempt to excuse this sort of behavior -- which is symptomatic of cultural decay (abetted by technological advancement). It's more to point out the legal ambiguity of what's going on.
If you don’t want the camera, then take a nail to the lens and start scratching. Paint might be enough if they don’t try to scratch it off.
In our town, Ridgefield CT, the high school is in a dead zone. Not sure if that’s by design or accident (well, the HS is not near the town center, so it probably was an accident at first, but now, I don’t think the town wants a cell tower in that area because of the High School).
One thing that everyone needs to remember about “poverty statistics” -
they never include gov’t benefits as “income”. So if you’re getting your housing, food, utilities, and child support paid, and then you have a 10k “job” on top of it for your spending money, you’re poor.
Nude pics of my kids in the bath tub or running around the house? I find that hard to believe.
That would make my grandparents and parents felons. That is too broad.
There have been kids prosecuted for sending pictures of themselves out over the internet (despite what I think is a good argument that the laws were not meant to prosecute the actual, underage subject of such pictures).
Realistically, prosecutors aren't likely to go after the kids involved. There are plenty of real kiddie-porn producers that are higher on the list.
Alltel has an app online that allows parents to manage in detail text messaging or mobile web, blocking sites, sending or receiving or even allowing through specific senders, etc. Really great tool. This way you can filter it to allow text messages from yourself but block her friends.
It's her boyfriend you have to worry about.
In many states crimes by juveniles are adjuicated in juvenile or family court. If the child finishes the sentence, their file is purged and subsequently there is no conviction on record when they become adults. Also, the convictions of the juvenile court are often not considered felonies.
They know how to use technology yes.
They are however still teenagers. Teenagers do not now and never have thought much about the consequences of their actions unless warned repeatedly and firmly by their parents.
These warnings by parents usually are most effective if previous warnings that went ignored were followed up by swift and sure punishment.
Too often today parents do not follow through on their warnings.
And yet, there's a real need to prevent this stuff from becoming generally available, because there is a legitimate public interest in keeping it out of the hands of perverts. It's a tough nut to crack.
Post 9/11, I think pretty much every schoolkid should have a cell phone. Parents can disable a lot of the functions, if need be, but kids and parents being able to get in contact with one another in an emergency is crucial.
Schools should just require that cell phones be set to vibrate or silent during class time.