The legislature passed a Pennsylvania bill in the last few days that will impose criminal penalties for minors who are sending or posting nude photos of themselves or other minors.
The measure will affect children 17 and under who knowingly view, possess and/or transmit photos of another child 12 and older. The charges can range from a misdemeanor to harsher charges if the child is found to transmit nude photos of another in an attempt to harass or coerce them.
If a child under 12 is involved, it will most likely fall under the laws currently covering pornography and sexual abuse of children. These offenses are felonies.
The bill was passed by both the House and the Senate, and has been sent to governor.
“Sexting” is the act of sending photos or sexually explicit messages to someone’s cell phone or transmitting it via other electronic means (like posting it on Facebook and emailing it). Unfortunately, in many teen social circles, sexting is commonplace and even widely accepted. According to uKnowKids.com, 48% of teens have received a sexual message and 39% have sent one.
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