Last week, the Ohio police arrested a 15-year-old girl for having sent nude photos of herself to several people in her classroom. Specialists say she most likely was not aware of state legislation regarding the publication of explicit sexual material over the Internet, and she was probably just trying to enhance her popularity quota.
Going from particular cases to the general context, psychologists are really worried about this fast developing, extremely harmful ‘trend’ which more and more teenagers follow by posting nude pictures of themselves on the Internet.
The reality show ‘bug’ is affecting them in the worst manner possible and they see the Internet as a possibility to gain fame and have their own show, without stopping even for a second to think about the consequences.
Under law, the photos of the Ohio girl are considered to be child pornography, which makes it possible for her and the receivers of the photos to be sentenced to several years of detention in a juvenile center.
Incidents like the one in Newark, Ohio have also been reported in Wyoming, New York and Pennsylvania and studies show that, if they haven’t posted nude self-photos yet, at least 70% of the 13-14 year old girls and even more boys have visited sexually explicit adult Internet sites already.
This post was written by Dana Ciucalau on October 16, 2008
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