By Ave Mince-Didier. Sexting is the taking and sharing of nude or sexually explicit photos by computer or cell phone. While some states have enacted laws to deal specifically with teen sexting, North Carolina has not. In many states, including North Carolina, when sexting involves images of children under the age of 18, it violates state laws against child pornography, and teens can be prosecuted under laws intended to punish adult sex offenders. For example, in an year-old boy in North Carolina was arrested and charged with two counts of child pornography and one count of disseminating obscene material after he sent a year-old girl a sexually explicit photo of himself and asked her to do the same. Because teen sexting often involves minors, the laws and consequences are slightly different than for adult sexting.
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Credit: Getty Images. Adolescent women feel intense pressure to send sexual images to men, but they lack the tools to cope with their concerns and the potential consequences, according to new research. Sexting, or sending nude or semi-nude sexually suggestive images or messages to others, is a reality for an estimated 15 to 25 percent of teens growing up today. Though some research points to sexting as a potentially low-risk way to explore sexuality, it also is associated with increased risk of ostracism, depression, and suicide. Thomas explored the challenges teenagers have while debating whether to send photos and the problems that can surface when they do. She also wanted to know how teen girls handled unwanted requests for the images. After analyzing self-reported stories posted to the anonymous online platform AThinLine. Young women were concerned about the repercussions of sending pictures, but those worries were overshadowed by more immediate day-to-day pressures, such as wanting the relationship, promises of love and trustworthiness, persistent requests, anger, harassment, and threats.
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A Queensland tradesman who asked a pre-teen girl for nude photos as a birthday present had only celebrated the birth of his first child three months earlier. Jamie Robert Lanskey, 31, avoided jail for grooming a year-old girl online, despite his interactions being described at Cairns District Court as 'sexual and disgusting'. The apprentice electrician tracked down his victim on Facebook messenger where he lied about his age to try and get naked photographs, The Cairns Post reported. The apprentice electrician originally tracked down his victim on Facebook messenger where he lied about his age to try and get naked photographs and engage in sexually explicit conversations stock image. Lanskey told his victim he was 21 years old when they began talking in March Within three days of the conversation the victim's parents discovered the messages and reported the incident to police. But it took almost a year before any charges could be laid as officers sought to uncover whether any other children had been targeted. Lanskey faced Cairns District Court this week where he was given a suspended 18 month jail sentence. Crown prosecutor Jodie Crane told the court Lanskey asked the girl why he 'didn't get my present' when she refused to send him naked photos.
Sexting is making sexually suggestive images and sharing these images using mobile phones or by posting them on the internet and social media. The images might be photographs of yourself or someone else naked or partially naked. You might think that sexting is something risky, dangerous and illegal. For teenagers, sexting is often fun and consensual. Your child and her friends might also see sexting as part of building relationships and self-confidence, and exploring sexuality, bodies and identities. Young people do worry about their images being shared with other people including friends and family members. Many try to reduce this risk by making images only for people they trust, and with whom they have or hope to have a romantic or intimate relationship. Young people want to be able to talk openly and honestly with their parents about sexting. And talking with your child is the best way to help him learn about:.