Want to become a convicted sex offender? There’s an app for that
Posted by James McPherson on April 8, 2009
Apparently there’s a 20-percent chance that your teenager has engaged in “sexting”–using his or her cell phone to send nude or seminude photos to someone else. That could cost you thousands of dollars.
It also means your kid could end up in jail for a sex crime, or spend eternity on a list of register sex offenders for distributing child pornography. As cell phones and technology continue to improve, unfortunately, kids don’t get any smarter. Equally unfortnately, we parents and others old enough to know better haven’t gotten any better at figuring out how do deal with “kids gone bad.”
I’ve noted previously my aversion to certain forms of technology, and my concerns about uncertain definitions of what constitutes maturity. Perhaps nothing better illustrates the problems resulting from the confluence of those two things than the “sexting” phenomenon.
And nothing better illustrates why I’m glad such things as cell phones and Facebook didn’t exist when I was a kid. As a teenager I was no smarter than my peers then or my students of today. And you probably weren’t, either. For most of us–whether we choose to admit (or remember) it, or not–“getting lucky” has multiple meanings.