Your image of a child pornographer is generally an older, unkempt man. That is not always true. As sexting becomes more prevalent, district attorneys sometimes seek to charge sexting teenagers with child pornography violations. While teenagers may consider it harmless to exchange cell phone photos of their naked bodies, such conduct can have lasting negative ramifications. Sexual exploitation is sometimes defined as a person who “records or displays in any way a child engaged in sexual explicit conduct,” or someone who persuades a child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose or recording or displaying the conduct. The ramifications of sexting are yet unclear. The ACLU is taking the position that sexting is free speech under the United States Constitution. It is important to make your child aware of the potential negative impact on his or her life if involved with sexting.
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