Sexting - Teen Fad Creating Legal Risks
- By Sam George
- Published 04/14/2009
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
According to a recent study, 20% of teens aged 13 to 19 have taken nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves and sent them to someone or posted them online. Most send these gifts to their boyfriend or girlfriend (69%) or someone they want to date or hook up with (30%).
Technology might have also aided this trend. Camera phones, large display screens, broadband internet access on phones etc. have helped to capture and mass distribute images. Youth culture promotes electronic sharing, which is evident from social networking, music sharing, video and personal images.
Instead of watching unknown porn stars, teens prefer to watch their own friends without clothes. Youths are getting more agressive and shedding more clothes to impress their peers. Though first time images are send to their boyfriends or girlfriends only, soon the exposures floats around among all their friends and over internet.
A youth leader in an Indian American church recently told me how he was surprised when browing through phone of one of his youth, he saw several naked images. The kid also confessed that images were of friends in school and church. Most kids getting caught up in this fad are clueless how it will impact them and their future.
But these kids are getting into big trouble. One in five teens may be a child pornographer risking life in prison–for the crime of taking and distributing naked pictures of themselves. Legal frameworks may be weak and loopholes are many. Annoymity of the Net and ease of circulating electronic files poses grave risk not only now, but also for years to come.
Imagine what happens when your future spouse and children come across your naked images. Images taken are being used to blackmail and take undue advantages including sexual favors. It is causing deep guilt of foolish action at the spur of the moment, causing depression and suicidal thoguts. This fad is sure to cause much heartache.