Good article this morning in the NY Times about teen sexting and the potential pitfalls – especially of picture sexting. Those pitfalls obviously exist for the person sending the picture, but there are also potentially severe penalties for unwitting teens who pass the picture on to others, such as being labeled – and needing to register as – a sex offender.
A NY Times companion piece interviewed some teens about it. One girl viewed sexting as a form of safe sex, saying “There’s a positive side to sexting. You can’t get pregnant from it, and you can’t transmit S.T.D.’s. It’s a kind of safe sex.”
Good reading and highly recommended.