Last month, the House of Representatives approved a bill that has the potential to lock up teens for more than a decade. The effort goes against a growing push to change the justice system nationwide so that kids — the country's most vulnerable — aren't robbed of chances at reform or treated as adults in the system. Called the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of , the bill would enact a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 15 years for, among other things, using phones to exchange nude photos. It landed in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Though it is intended to close loopholes exploited by child pornographers, the law, which expressly states that the mandatory minimums will apply equally to an attempt or a conspiracy, could affect teenagers engaging in consensual nude photo exchanges, which according to a Drexel University study , most teens do. Fifty-four percent of surveyed college students confirmed sending or receiving sexually explicit text messages or images when they were under age
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Your teenage children will let you know when they need money and if their smart phone is broken. What you may not know: if they are using their smart phones for "sexting," that is, asking for or sending nude photos or other explicit content. Are you sure? Did you ask? The answer might surprise you. Girls experience intense social pressure to sext.
Today's teens are always connected. They live out their lives online and in the public eye. They share photos on Instagram, tweet live from concerts, and message their friends instead of calling.
By Tanith Carey for the Daily Mail. Instead, while her mother Clare, an office manager, was downstairs, she calmly removed her school uniform, stripped down to her underwear and snapped pictures with her smartphone in the wardrobe mirror. After selecting the most flattering, Beth set about airbrushing away any spots, freckles or unsightly dimples. Welcome to the world of young love in the age of the smartphone. Although Beth and the boy had only been dating a few weeks, they both deemed it wholly appropriate to swap pictures of themselves that would be seen as X-rated in any public forum.