December 8, 2014
Negative Use of Cellular Telephones:
Sexting among Teenagers
Teenagers are interacting with other teens through mobile devices where they send their explicit messages or photographs. However, not only does sexting occur through mobile devices, but also through social media. Social media does take a major role in this situation as well, because it is where these photos will be leaked to and eventually they are able to be shared. Once one is caught “sexting” one will have consequences which could leave a person charged with “child pornography” and possibly go to jail for up to 10 years, or be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. Thus, mobile devices have improved and more teens are now capable of sending their messages/pictures in a faster way through these media devices. Therefore, cellular telephones is just as harmful and can lead many teens in danger and in risk of criminal actions if not used properly. In today’s society we face many changes and those changes can be both negative and positive. For example, technology is one of those changes we see in today’s world and that is because each and every year technology is improving and expanding nationwide. However, as technology expands more teenagers are able to get ahold of these devices and eventually have full control of mostly everything. Abigail M. Judge in “Sexting” Among U.S. Adolescents: Psychology and Legal Perspectives writes, “The cell phone is one of many electronic technologies that adolescents in the United States use regularly to express emotional experience and navigate developmental demands”. As teenagers start to interact with one another they start to get comfortable and request for these so called “sexually explicit pictures” or texts from each other. However, they do not realize the consequences that are brought upon if they get “caught in the action” and eventually it continues and soon it spreads around the internet. Now that one has been introduced to these new devices or social media networks it allows these sexual explicit photos to be released via text, Bluetooth, social media, and webcam where it will all end up easily and rapidly in cyberspace, written by Shelley Walker, Lena Sanci and Meredith Templesmith in Sexting and young people. These devices being improved show us the negative impact that is around teenagers and the images that are sent out become their digital footprint, which will follow them wherever they decide to go. However, teenagers are young and do not realize much, but what they do not realize is that these pictures they send will follow them if they wish to apply to universities, or if someone has hatred towards them it can be easily looked for online, and if they wish to start a career it will show up. Lawrence G. Walters in How to Fix the Sexting Problem: An Analysis of the Legal and Policy Considerations for Sexting Legislation writes, “Often juveniles prosecuted for this behavior end up being included on the public sex offender registry alongside the worst child molesters and pedophiles”. As the result of sending their explicit pictures or messages one has to obey the laws and deal with the consequences that are given. Although they are minors, they still knew the consequences for sending their explicit message or photos. Walters also explains, “Recent statistics suggest that 39% of all teens have sent or posted a ‘sexually suggestive message’ and that 48% of all teens have ‘received such messages’. Not one but many teens have send an explicit message or photograph through social media or through their personal cell phones. However, receiving the message is not the same as opening the message and still many teens make the wrong decision. In the meantime, if California Senate Bill 919 passes in January 2013, this policy would be effective because schools will now be able to suspend or expel students for...
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