JFBreak in his post yesterday touched on something that I've recently been thinking about. He was talking about charging teens with distributing child pornography to prevent them from sexting each other. While it's true that these pics could have potentially damaging long-term repercussions, I don't see how labeling a mischievous teen a child pornographer wouldn't be as equally bad or worse. They say juvenile records are sealed but I wouldn't put much stock in that in this digital age.
And I wonder too if the people charging them with the "crimes" don't feel a bit hypocritical. From my experience sexting by adults has become almost common place even in my little ultra-conservative spot on the map. I'm not a parent but I do have children in my life that I love and care for. My nephew recently got his first cell phone and I remember when he answered a call from a number no one recognized. A little frisson of panic went up my spine.
When I got my first camera phone I distinctly remember vowing to myself that I would never send naughty pics to anyone. That was laughable and more than a bit naive! That very night showing my phone to my then boyfriend, his exact words were, "Now you can send me pics of your boobs!" A few days later I was confessing to a friend that I did something I told myself I would never do. Now I don't even bat an eye when I get a pic request. (Not that I send pix to just anyone either.)
Now I blog about sex and i'm sure the day will come when I post a naughty pic here. I guess the question I'm fumbling to get out is, to the bloggers I read who are parents, do you feel a bit hypocritical talking to your teens and tweens about internet safety and privacy when you know you posted a hot pic of your wife on her knees in front of you last night (or the top of his head while he was between your thighs)? After all I had to Gibbs-smack myself later after telling my nephew to not answer calls from people that weren't in his contacts knowing full well I'd had phone sex with some random guy I met online the night before.