'Safer sexting' for minors?

Once again, a liberal has proposed a fatuous “solution” to a cultural problem.  In this case, the problem is sexting by minors.

From The New York Times:

At least 100 students at a high school in Cañon City traded naked pictures of themselves, the authorities said Friday, part of a large sexting ring. The revelation has left parents outraged, administrators searching for missed clues, and the police and the district attorney’s office debating whether to file child pornography charges -- including felony charges -- against some of the participants….

Amy Adele Hasinoff, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver and the author of a new book, Sexting Panic, contends that schools need to find new ways to talk to students about the issue. Rather than just demanding that students abstain from sending risqué images, she said, educators should aim for open conversations that involve guidance in ‘safer sexting’ with trusted partners.

Teachers and school officials ‘think they’re protecting people from harm,’ Professor Hasinoff said. ‘But we know it doesn’t work.’

“Safer sexting” with trusted (minor) partners?  And what about when a few of those supposedly private photos end up on someone’s porn website?

I agree that the situation poses a dilemma for law enforcement.  Should they arrest a bunch of these high school students for possessing and distributing child pornography when much of the activity – trading nude photos of themselves – is foolish and immoral but not necessarily criminal?

Yes, there should be a thorough investigation.  I imagine some of the students involved are more to blame than others; they’re the ones who should face criminal charges.

But “safer sexting” as a solution?  Please!  It sounds like “safer sex,” which Planned Parenthood promotes as a means to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

Well, we know all about the rotten fruits of Planned Parenthood’s “work,” don’t we?

How about this: just say no.

Sure, there will be teens who do it anyway.  That’s a given.  But “just say no” is the only morally acceptable way of dealing with the problem of underage sexting (as it is with underage fornicatory sex).

I suppose parents and school officials could confiscate the teens’ mobile devices.

Yeah, that’ll happen.

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