sexting

Revisiting Shelby Knox’s Fight Against Abstinence-only Education – A Review and an Update

By |2019-03-20T18:08:41-04:00July 7th, 2009|Blog|

I recently had the chance to watch The Education of Shelby Knox, a documentary chronicling a high school student’s campaign to bring alternatives to abstinence-only education to her school in Lubbock, Texas.  A lot happens in eight years. Shelby has since graduated from both high school and college; she is now 23 years old and living in New York City. [...]

Vermont Looks to Decriminalize Teen Sexting

By |2019-03-13T15:09:51-04:00April 14th, 2009|Blog|

The Vermont Legislature hopes to tackle the problem of teens facing criminal charges for sexting. The Senate has endorsed a proposal for a bill that would carve out a sexting exception in child pornography laws.   Under this proposed law, people between the ages of 13 and 18 would not face child pornography charges for sending graphic images to one another, [...]

Sexting Roundup: The Anxiety Surrounding Teens Sharing Naked Pictures of Themselves Continues to Make News

By |2019-03-13T15:10:51-04:00April 1st, 2009|Blog|

Ohio lawmaker wants to make sexting a misdemeanor Last week, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio State Representative Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) plans to introduce a bill in the Ohio state legislature which would make the creation, exchange, and possession of nude materials between minors a First-Degree Misdemeanor. According to Representative Maag, Local prosecutors have brought to my attention that under [...]

Update: Judge Agrees with Teens in Pennsylvania Sexting Case

By |2019-03-07T22:40:50-04:00March 31st, 2009|Blog|

A victory for free expression! Last week, three Pennsylvania high school students and their families brought suit against a Wyoming County prosecutor over allegations of First Amendment violations. Yesterday, a U.S. District judge sided with the teens, and issued a temporary restraining order against the prosecutor. The judge held that the prosecutor's proposed action violated free speech and parental rights. [...]

The Right to “Sext”: Sending Nude Photos of Oneself is a Right

By |2019-03-14T17:32:57-04:00March 26th, 2009|Blog|

Another legal action over the practice of sexting has emerged. Only this time it is the alleged “sexters” who are suing state prosecutors on the grounds that criminalizing sexting infringes on their First Amendment rights. Last month, three high school students in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania faced the threat of being charged with the possession/dissemination of child pornography, when their school [...]

Dan Savage on “Sexting”

By |2019-03-13T15:13:12-04:00March 11th, 2009|Blog|

In episode 124 of his sex-advice podcast, Dan Savage weighs in on "sexting." An excerpt: ... I just want to say a quick word about "sexting" which is the craze sweeping the nation. Young people are occasionally being arrested and being bounced out of school ... because once you take a picture of your own junk when you're a minor [...]

Teens Sending Nude Photos of Themselves or “Sexting”

By |2019-03-15T16:22:09-04:00February 24th, 2009|Blog|

A survey of 1,280 teens and young adults conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com finds that 22% of girls and 18% of boys said they have electronically sent or posted nude or semi-nude images. The impulse to make a nude self-portrait is neither new, nor specific to kids. In the introduction to a [...]