Forget about passing notes in study hall; some teens are now using their cell phones to flirt and send nude pictures of themselves.The instant text, picture and video messages have become part of some teens' courtship behavior, police and school officials said.
"Now, with the technology that is out there, instead of taking a picture and passing it around the classroom, it's online, which is a whole different ball game.
(Teens) don't see it that way." Mark Raiff, a principal at Columbus' Olentangy Liberty High School, said some of his students and their cell phones have caused trouble.
Mingle2 is full of hot Mobile girls waiting to hear from you. Hello how are you doing, I'm Winnie from Orange park Florida ..
would really like to talk with you and get to know more about you to see where this might lead us to.
In fact, the friends and classmates who received the picture are felons too, even if they never asked for the picture to be sent to them.
To make matters worse, prosecutors in this state and elsewhere actually have been enforcing these draconian laws against sexting teenagers.
Sexting is a new twist on the timeless desire of teens and adults to engage in sexual expression.
Sexting involves the practice of creating, sending and/or posting sexually suggestive images or video via mobile phone, email, or over the Internet, and everybody is getting in on the act.
The messages often spread quickly and sometimes find their way to public Web sites.
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Devoted partners sharing an intimate photograph face the same punishment as a bully who maliciously sends a naked picture of an ex to the entire school.