Teenagers should be charged with a crime for sexting. It is the same as an indecent exposure charge. If a teenager walked down the street and showed his private parts to someone, that would be a crime. Showing private parts through texting is indecent exposure. Parents should talk to their teens and tell them that sharing these photographs will bring consequences at home as well as with the authorities.
I do believe this should remain illegal , but these kids should not be charged with child pornography. They are not predators over themselves! These thoughts of them being sex offenders are ridiculous. They are not supporting child pornography. The only persons they exploited was themselves and this all needs to end! The federal courts and all states need to fix these laws so that teen will not be charged with the same laws as pedophiles. They need to change the law to a juvenile offense and change the crime to something like "underage sexting" and to be completely different from child pornography laws. What do you think kids are gonna do? They are going to take naked pictures of themselves just like lots of adults do it and they are not charged with any crime this is only a crime for minors. Theses laws were designed to PROTECT kids, NOT criminalize them for pictures of themselves. What's next?STATUTORY RAPE if there caught MASTURBATING?!? What if the appear nude by a mirror? Isn't that viewing child pornography? Need to fight for these kids and help them instead of branding them a predators. We need to go after REAL predators, NOT kids being stupid!
The 1st amendment protects the freedom of speech and of the press. To charge a crime for sexting is a blatant attack on this amendment and goes against the core fabric of the United States. Also trying to charge a teenager with this behavior is horrible because they are constantly bombarded by hormones and commercial marketing about sex.
In my opinion, sexting is usually pretty harmless. In the following situation, I believe that teenagers should not be charged for sexting. If a young man (18 years old) is dating a woman who is also 18 years old, they should allowed to exchange sexual pictures for fun or if they are in a long distance relationship. Sex is necessary to relieve stress and sexting should have no negative effects on that.
Teenagers lack the mental capacity to rationalize sexting as anything but innocent and harmless communication. Punishment for a crime should be reserved for people who intentionally commit acts that are harmful to others. As sexting is a person taking a picture of himself and sending it, there is no harm to the other person.
If it is between a couple within two years of age and the pictures are not shared without consent it is no more of a crime than privately having sex in a private location that is completely consensual. If a member of the public was searching through a persons house and walked in on a couple having sex the couple would not be charge of an indecent act. Likewise if a member of the public is searching through someones private texts without that persons permission the teens should not be charged with an indecent act for sharing nudes privately and with consent between two individuals with less than two years in age difference.
Texting is a private act between two people.
Biology does not follow Laws
Teenagers are just as capable of having intimate relationships as adults.
Teenagers are immune to age related 'rape' laws, as neither individual has an age advantage on the other. These idiots prosecuting 18 year olds for sleeping with 17 year olds, need to have their heads checked. They are doing such a serious injustice that I find it questionable AT BEST, that they are able to serve as a judge of law!
Sexting among minors, lowers the risks of becoming pregnant, getting raped and catching an STD or STI. However, sexting should be legal to a certain extent. Minors should not be allowed to sext with an adult over the age of 18 and vise versa and if they are caught doing so, they should be punished or charged accordingly. In addition, sexting is a personal choice just like sex and you dont see people trying to make sex illegal, so why make sexting illegal when it's less harmful and risky. Sexters need to know though that if they share nudes to others, it automatically becomes the other persons property and they are in possession of the picture, so that makes it okay for them to send it to other people. If you are not okay with being exposed, dont send explicit pictures. Overall sexting should be legal because there is no harm being done and people have sexual desires, and thats not wrong.