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I am still unclear about what the terms of sexting really are.

Is it legal if the two people are both under the age of 18? Will they both get charged?
In Topics: Children and cell phones, Teen issues
> 60 days ago

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Dr.Susan
May 12, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

The answer is YES. If you are under 18 and you send nude or semi-nude pictures of yourself or anyone else who is under 18 you can be charged with child pornography. If the person you send the picture to doesn't report it and they are caught, or if they send it on--whether they are under or over 18 (even if the picture is of themselves)--they can also be charged with child pornography. Is that clear now??

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fritzr
fritzr writes:
Sending any kind of nude pictures of someone under 18 is illegal as it falls under child pornography laws.  Anybody that receives the picture, regardless of their age, can be charged unless they immediately report it to authorities.  "Sexting" also refers to sending sexually suggestive text messages without pictures.  Generally this type of sexting is not illegal, it is just stupid.  A general rule of thumb is to assume sext messages will be made public at some point and avoid them.
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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Adding to the previous response you received, you may also want to review these expert articles on this subject:

Is 'Sexting' a Teen Trend?: Study
http://www.education.com/reference/article/sexting-teen-study-cell-phone-safety/

Sexting: New Study & the 'Truth or Dare' Scenario
http://www.education.com/reference/article/sexting-new-study-truth-dare-scenario/

Sexting Overblown? Yes and *No*
http://www.education.com/reference/article/sexting-overblown-cell-phone-safety/

Tips to Prevent Sexting
http://www.education.com/reference/article/tips-prevent-sexting/

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