As a result, many jurisdictions have felt compelled to use the criminal justice system, and we will as well if appropriate and necessary.Parents and guardians should be informed about the function and capabilities of the electronic communication devices their children are using.
Parents also need to educate themselves about the problem of "sexting", including the potential consequences of this behavior, and the resources which can help them address the issue with their children.:"Sexting" may violate the laws of the Commonwealth that were established to keep our children safe.Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private.It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it.In addition to the potential jail sentence and/or fine imposed by a Judge, a conviction for the offenses described above may require registration with the Sex Offender Registration Board for the next 20 years.Furthermore, the court may order the forfeiture and destruction of the computer or digital devices used.Fluid conversations about personal integrity and the acceptable uses of cell phones, computers and digital devices will help young people resist peer pressure to engage in this behavior. To that end, each school year, the District Attorney's Office has provides trainings for students throughout the county, as well as several school staff trainings, on bullying, cyberbullying and computer and internet safety.It is important that students, school personnel, and parents all receive information and education on these topics."Harmful matter" includes things that are obscene or pornographic in nature.Thus when an 18 year old photographs his or her genitals, for example, and sends it to their 17 year old girlfriend or boyfriend, they are in violation of this statute.: A conviction in criminal court for "sexting" may have other serious consequences.Persons who engage in "sexting" may also feel humiliation and emotional distress as a result of the ease and speed at which these images and information can be passed from person to person.It is critical that everyone understand that once a message, image, video or photo is on a cell phone or other digital device, it can be put on the internet for the whole world to access; it cannot be taken back.: Addressing the problem of "sexting" through awareness and education can help reduce the frequency and severity of these incidents.The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and published results of a "sex and tech" survey which explored the connection between teen sex and cyberspace, examined just who they are sending these images to.The survey polled 1280 teens and young adults between the ages of 13 and 26 about their cell phone, computer and digital device behaviors and attitudes.Knowingly possessing it, even without sending it on to another person, is illegal.