Essay on Sexting Law Reform

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In today’s American society, almost everyone, even children as young as six, owns a cell phone with a camera. Although convenient, camera phones also open the door to massive problems concerning child pornography that stem from sexting, or sending nude or lascivious photos. According to a 2010 Federal Bureau of Investigation survey1 of 4,400 middle and high school students, “approximately eight percent of students reported that they had sent a sext of themselves to others while thirteen percent said they had received a sext.” The main problem with sexting, aside from being child pornography if it is a picture of minor, is the ease of dissemination of the sext to other contacts or even the Internet. The United States alone has seen several …show more content…
The jury in the Iowa Supreme Court convicted him of knowingly disseminating obscene material to a minor and required him to register as a sex offender.3 In the United States, seventeen states have enacted special sexting laws that outline what parties are culpable and the punishments for sending and receiving sexts to and from minors. Some states, such as New York, make an effort to keep minors from having to enroll as sex offenders over a sext. New York law states,
“The two persons involved in sending and receiving the message must both be under twenty and must be within five years of age from each other. They will have to participate in an education reform program that involves a maximum of eight hours of instruction that provides information regarding the legal consequences and non-legal consequences of sexting, and the problems associated with technology and bullying.”4

Currently, Indiana does not have a law specifically devoted to dealing with the sexting of minors.5 This jurisdiction falls under Indiana Code 35-42-4-4 that says that those who produce and disseminate videos and photos, among other things, of children under the age of 18-years-old are subject to a Class C felony while those who possess a “video, picture, drawing, negative film, photograph, or any other type of pictorial representation of a child who is less than sixteen-years-old or looks less than sixteen-years old” is subject to a Class D

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