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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Teens, camera phones and nude photos

23

February

Mom_sexting Mommas, we really have got to warn our kids about the trend of teens sending provocative photos to each other, sometimes called sexting. As Whoa, Momma! blogger Sharon Kennedy Wynne told you back in December, an alarming number of teens e-mail nude photos of themselves to friends. And once those photos are out there, they are hard to erase.

Now, a story in the Times says that kids who send these photos -- or receive them -- are in danger of being prosecuted for child pornography. Yikes!

It's really up to us to sit our kids down and talk to them about this. And since it seems that kids get phones at a younger age these days (that's another issue for another time), the earlier the better. Let's be vigilant so that it isn't our son or daughter who winds up with little clothing -- or worse -- on someone's phone.

-- Sherry Robinson

[Photo: In this Times photo by Kainaz Amaria, Hillsborough High freshman John Steele shows photos he sent of himself to a girl to flirt. But when a girl sent some sexy images in return, he found himself in hot water, kicked out of his magnet school and warned that he could be arrested.]

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:59am]

    

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