Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Parents - Time to talk to your kids about child porn.

These days, it's not enough to have to talk to your kids about drugs, internet safety, driving and all the other stuff that they are dealing with. Now you have to talk to them about child porn as well.

I have noticed an alarming trend in recent news reports regarding kids being arrested for manufacturing and receiving child porn. Child porn that they are making and sending to their friends. Called "sexting", a variation of texting, kids are taking nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves and others and sharing them with boyfriends and girlfriends via their cell phones.

Here are some recent articles about several kids getting arrested for this:

Teens face child porn charges in "sexting"

Teen Girl Faced Child Porn Charges for E-Mailing Nude Pictures of Herself to Friends -- Update

Two Teen Girls Face Child Porn Charges ... For Their Own Pictures

Police blotter: Teens prosecuted for racy photos

Those are just a few of the many recent articles about this. One article where a boy posted nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on his Myspace page was so offensive, I did not post it.

Now I am waiting to see if they are going to start creating public service ads in the vein of : This is your camera phone. This is your camera phone in federal court.

The bottom line is that we as parents need to help our kids protect themselves from themselves in areas we never imagined just a few years ago.

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