Everyone Panic: Teens Are Sending Each Other Naked Photos On Camera Phones
from the really? dept
When I first read this article from the Associated Press about this new teen fad of teenagers using camera phones to send each other naked photos of themselves, I’ll admit that I reacted exactly as the article’s authors probably intended — wondering what the hell kids are up to these days. However, is this really that surprising or shocking? At that age, kids do all sorts of stupid things, and if you hand them tools like camera phones that make it so easy, it’s no surprise that some kids, somewhere will do things like pass around naked photos of each other (which, by the way, opens them up to charges of child pornography). Hell, kids have been “playing doctor” for ages, and it didn’t necessarily warrant a writeup in the Associated Press.
And, while the article does list out multiple such cases, there’s no indication how widespread this really is. Yes, there are some kids out there who do stupid, impulsive things (especially when it involves members of the opposite sex that they’re interested in), and hopefully people realize these are just isolated incidents. But, somehow, I get the feeling we’ll soon be hearing people suggesting that this is a “common occurrence” rather than just a few isolated incidents. So, really, the story here is that there are some kids out there that don’t have the best judgment, and sometimes a small number of those kids do stupid things. It just so happens that, these days, those stupid things can involve being naked on the internet.