456584747Teenagers are stupid. As someone who was once a teenager I realize this. We were all as dumb as wet mittens. I think about this a lot, how I would have acted had social media been around back in the day when I was emulating Siouxsie Sioux and writing bad poetry in my Lisa Frank covered in anarchy symbols notebook, and I doubt I would have ever been this dumb. A teenage girl in Virginia is facing charges of child pornography after tweeting nude photos.. of herself.

From Wavy.com:

According to Stephanie Williams-Ortery with the James City County Police Department, officers received an anonymous tip about nude pictures posted on Twitter by the 16-year-old girl. It is unclear how many pictures were involved, but police say they were posted either on or around Jan. 30.

Williams-Ortery said photos were also sent to some boys.

A school resource officer was notified, and spoke with the teen and her mother.

“It’s not just friends that see what they post but also strangers and everyone else out there,” said Williams-Ortery. “You have no idea who’s out there watching. You never know who’s going to see what you post.”

The teen’s phone was confiscated for evidence, and she was charged with one count of distribution of child pornography. Williams-Ortery said other teens should be aware that they stand to get in trouble for pictures of this nature too, even if they aren’t the one’s who took the photo.

 

Child, what were you thinking? I feel so bad for this kid and for her parents. This was just a really bad idea that could have been avoided if her parents would have reminded her that this sort of thing can get her in a whole mess of trouble. But for all we know, the parents lectured their kid on this daily and she went ahead and did it anyway.

I’m never letting my younger kids have cell phones and social media. I don’t care. I’m sure this kid in question is a good kid and just did it to get attention and all, I can remember being all insecure and wanting boys to think I’m pretty, and as far as I’m concerned it’s too big of a risk.

I grew up without a cell phone and social media and my world did not end. No one forgot me after school. No one cared that I didn’t update Twitter with which teacher I thought sucked or what I had for lunch.

My eldest has a cell phone and many times I feel like taking it away from him. I suppose it is nice that he can update me if choir practice is running late. But he doesn’t NEED it. I think this is where all you moms out there reassure me that you lecture your kids on what to do if someone sends them a nude pic or how not to update their SM with pics of themselves naked. I talk to my own son about this all the time, and I check his phone as well, but it’s all too easy for stuff like this to happen. According to the report, the teen may face jail time for the nude photographs, but it’s more likely she and her parents will have to complete a court-ordered ‘Sexting Education’ program. I hope this makes her learn her lesson.

 

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