Tuesday, March 10, 2009

'Sexting' Leads to a Suicide

'Sexting', the act of sending nude photos of yourself to another via text message, has exploded in popularity. Some surveys show that 1 in 5 teenagers have admitted to sexting. Now, sexting is being blamed for a suicide. The girl who committed suicide had sent a naked picture to her boyfriend, the two broke up and the picture spread throughout the school. The bullying and teasing followed soon after. She even went on the news a few months ago to warn others against the practice anonymously. This is the unfortunate conclusion to her saga.

Video embedded below.

There are a few interesting legal issues here as well. Can you be arrested for child pornography if someone sends you a photo against your will and fail to permanently delete it properly? One boy was arrested after receiving a photo, but it was not clear from the story if he tried to delete it or even realized it was still on his phone.

More info on past sexting incidents/arrests and stats available at http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5516511.ece and http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/15/national/main4723161.shtml

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