In some teen circles, sexting is an accepted behavior that happens when people date or are interested in one another romantically. In other instances, it is a one-time lapse in judgment. Regardless of the reason for it, the number of teens using the built-in cameras on their smartphones, iPads, and other electronic devices to take nude or sexually-suggestive pictures is on the rise.
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A teenage boy in North Carolina has been prosecuted for having nude pictures of himself on his own mobile phone. The young man, who is now 17 but was 16 at the time the photos were discovered, had to strike a plea deal to avoid potentially going to jail and being registered as a sex offender. Experts condemned the case as ludicrous. The boy was, however, punished by the courts, and had to agree to be subject to warrantless searches by law enforcement for a year, in addition to other penalties. The young man was also named in the media and suffered a suspension as quarterback of his high school football team while the case was being resolved.
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A teenage boy has been prosecuted for having nude pictures of himself on his mobile phone , The Guardian reports. Cormega Copening, of Fayettesville, North Carolina, was reportedly prosecuted as an adult under child pornography laws for sexually exploiting a minor — himself. The young man, who is now 17 but was 16 at the time the photos were discovered, had to strike a plea deal to avoid potentially going to jail and being registered as a sex offender. Copening was suspended as quarterback of his high school football team while the case was being resolved. He was charged with four counts of making and possessing images of himself and one count of possessing a naked image of his year-old girlfriend. Brianna Denson, his girlfriend, also took a plea deal after being prosecuted on similar charges for having naked, suggestive images of herself on her phone.
But for teens who do sext, there are both psychological and legal risks, especially if coercion is involved and the images wind up being distributed beyond their intended audience. Sexting is certainly not just a teen issue, but these tips are specifically for teens and parents of teens. Scroll down for tips for both parents and teens. There are also cases where the teen is responding to peer pressure, bullying or even threats. In rarer cases, adults solicit images from teens.