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Sexting as described by the Macquarie Dictionary Online 2010 is the sending and receiving of sexually explicit images via mobile phones Many teens have decided to be a part of this trend A recent study found that 20 percent of teenagers 22 percent of girls and 18 percent of boys sent naked or seminude images of themselves or posted them online Bowker Art and Michael Sullivan 27 Once the pictures are leaked they spread at a rapid rate causing both legal and emotion effects for all adolescents involvedThe idea of exchanging or recording sexual material isnt a new concept Sexual material was once distributed by drawings photographs and videos Then along came the internet and mobile devices changing the game of sexual exchanges This new way of exchanging sexual material has made it easier to send receive or distribute to many people 38 percent of teen females and 39 percent of teen males report having seen messages originally intended for someone else Aldridge et al 12 This change has also brought on new and harsher consequences Because sexting is a crime in most states school officials are required to report sexting incidents to the police An officer will investigate if a sexting situation is suspected Police can then confiscate phones and computers Anyone involved can suffer legal consequences These consequences include child pornography charges such as production of child pornography distribution of child pornography and in some states if someone transfers a photo from a phone to a computer he or she can also be charged with child pornography Possible jail time may also be a factor when involved in sexting A mandatory registration as a sex offender is also a risk when sexting Registration requirements can apply to young people and extend well into adulthood Bowker Art and Michael Sullivan 27 Teens may be banned from participating in extra-curricular activities and lose educational opportunities In addition the inappropriate pictures can be viewed by child
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