Teenagers are drafted into a sexual culture that rests on a harmful premise: On the heterosexual field, boys typically play offense and girls play defense. An analysis of nearly accounts from to year-old girls about their negative experiences with sexting found that over two-thirds had been asked for explicit images. As one research participant explained about being pressured by her boyfriend, with the shorthand and spelling errors of a texting teenager:.
Privacy advocates say prosecutors are misusing child pornography laws by turning them against the very people they are meant to protect. The accusation comes following a raft of recent child pornography cases against juveniles accused of photographing themselves in the nude. This week, prosecutors in Greensburg, Pennsylvania charged six teens ranging in age from 14 to 17 with creating, distributing and possessing child pornography, after three girls were found to have taken photos of themselves in the nude or partially nude and e-mailed them to friends, including three boys who are among the defendants.
Kelly Wallace, CNN. Kelly Wallace is CNN's digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. She is a mom of two girls.
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Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it.
Photo: Thinkstock. News of a sexting scandal involving hundreds of students at a Colorado high school has got parents across the nation in a tizzy. Are their kids also sharing nude snaps of themselves?
Stepping into the garden this past spring, I saw my first-grader holding an odd, almost motionless position on the gymnastics bar by the garage. It was something like a half-pull-up. With her eyes squeezed shut in concentration, she gripped the bar overhead, abs tight, legs wound together, her feet suspended a few feet from the grass.