Sexting among teens and tweens is a relatively new phenomenon, and many state legislatures are still trying to determine what to do about it. Because of this, laws concerning sexting vary widely. These can be nude or semi-nude images or just explicit texts. Typically, sexting occurs via text message, but any electronic transfer fits the definition — emailing, sending Instagram DMs, Snapchat selfies, and even TikTok messages. When sexting involves minors, it violates both state and federal child pornography laws. But these laws can be very broad. For instance, federal law considers any sexually suggestive image of a minor to be child pornography.
Almost every teenager in the United States has access to a smart phone. Close to half report being online almost all the time. This year, more than two-thirds of year olds reported that online communication with their friends was preferable to in-person communication. As intimate relationships expand through technologic platforms, teenagers are finding new mediums for exploring their sexuality. So should older laws, created specifically to address child pornography, be used to prosecute modern-day teenagers who engage in sexting? As teenagers develop online romantic relationships, the inclination to share explicit pictures electronically i.
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Shocking photographs of Democrat Katie Hill posing naked with a tattoo of what appears to be a Nazi-era Iron Cross on her bikini line while smoking a bong and making out with her young female aide have been obtained exclusively by DailyMail. The congresswoman, 32, was also pictured naked brushing the young woman's hair, who DailyMail. Hill's wild lifestyle has been laid bare in a cache of texts and intimate photographs obtained by DailyMail.