How to tackle sexting?
In the UK, a 14-year-old boy has been put on put on a police database for sending an image to his girlfriend, who then (as usual) passed it round.
Is this the way to handle all this?
Throughout the Amanda Todd story, there was a great deal of debate around what she did, with plenty of people saying she was old enough to know what she was doing and many others saying that whatever she did she was innocent because she was too young. This boy falls into that ‘too young’ age.
However, what is even more strange is that had he been over 18, he would have been protected and the girl who passed the picture round would have been prosecuted under ‘revenge porn’ rules.
Personally, I think that this is a ridiculous response. Kids who sext aren’t criminals, they are not sex offenders. But it adds to the Amanda Todd controversy. What Amanda was doing online is now, according to various laws in various countries, enough to have warranted details being kept by the authorities. Amanda would have been treated as a sex offender.
The mother of the boy said:
“I think at best he was naive and at worst he was just a teenager. It is referred to as sexting, and apparently it happens all the time. It is just how teenagers flirt these days.”
So will we end up with all teenagers treated as criminals?