Unsafe Sext

Friday, December 18, 2009


According to polls released this month, "sexting" - the practice of sending and receving naked photos over cell phones - is on the rise among teens. Slate's Emily Bazelon talks about why teens and technology can be a combustible combination.

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Comments [4]

Marcel de Jong

Sexting is not the great evil that is being trumped up here. It's just a sign of times. Has none of you ever sent a sexually tinted letter/email to someone you loved?
Yes, perhaps, it's foolish to send naked pictures of yourself to someone, and yes, it could be used against you, but so can a love letter, or a sexually tinted or even sexually explicit email/note/letter.

The biggest problem around sexting is not so much the act itself but the reaction of the lawmakers... how can a person, who takes a nude picture of him or herself, be a sex offender? Who is the victim and who is the offender? Because they are both the same.

Dec. 20 2009 07:48 PM
Peter Capek from Ossining, NY

The problem of sexting doesn't seem like one which is best dealt with through law, but rather through education. While I think that schools already are asked to do an inappropriately large amount of parenting, this is an area where the current generation of parents of teenagers may not be sufficiently aware to do the whole job.

Dec. 20 2009 01:12 PM

cheesy comment!

Dec. 19 2009 06:49 PM
Steve Jenkins

Slate's Emily Bazelon needs to learn that:

People are HANGED, objects are HUNG.

So the tragic story she leads with is comical if when you hear Bazelon say: that the young girl hung herself with a pink scarf...

Dec. 19 2009 03:05 PM

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