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Parents responsible for sexting teens?

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM
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Do you think the parents should be responsible for their under 18 kids who are sexting? At what point should the kids be held responsible?

http://radio.woai.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=119078&article=8140892

 

Proposal Would Punish PARENTS of 'Sexting' Teens

Teen, parent would have to undergo 'education program' on dangers of practice. 
By Jim Forsyth
Monday, February 7, 2011
  A measure which would allow a judge to punish the parents of teenagers who engage in the risky practice known as 'sexting,' was introduced today in the Texas Legislature, and immediately received the support of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, 1200 WOAI news reports.

  The measure, introduced by State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin), would make sexting a Class C misdemeanor requiring a court appearance for the teenaged violator, and would allow a judge to 'sentence' his or her parent to participate in an education program on sexting's long-term harmful consequences.

  'Sexting' is the use of a e-mail or a texting service to transmit an explicit photograph of themselves or of another teen.

  "This bill ensures that prosecutors, and, frankly, parents, will have a new, appropriate tool to address this issue," Watson said.  "It helps Texas laws keep up with technology and our teenagers."

  The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy report in 2008 estimated that 22 percent of teen girls said they have electronically sent or posted online nude or semi-nude images of themselves.

  "Sexting message senders have no control over their message's ultimate destination," Abbott said.  "Embarrassing or sexually explicit messages can be forwarded to other students and later spread quickly through a school or anywhere in the world."

  Currently, teens engaged in 'sexting' can be charged with possessing or trafficking in child pornography.  That offense carries the potential of decades of prison time, plus the requirement that the teen register for the rest of his or her life as a sex offense pervert.

  "This bill's legal provisions ensure that minors are punished for their improper behavior, but do not face life altering criminal charges," Watson said. 


 
The law would also allow teens who successfully adhere to the court's requirements, which includes completing an ‘education program' about the consequences of sexting, to petition to have the misdemeanor offense expunged from their records.




 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

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Kaelansmom
by on Feb. 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I think, that if it is brought to the parent's attention, or the teen has been busted for it before and the parent's do nothing about it (Take the phone away, cut the texting .... do something) Then both the parents and the teen should be punished.

Now, if the teen is doing it and the parents do not know or have taken the phone away, done what they could... then no. But the teen should get in trouble.

dustinsmom1
by JENN on Feb. 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

 I think parents should have access to their childrens/teens phones, computers etc at all times. If you don't know what your children are doing, i do think its partially the parents fault. You must insert yourself into their lives, whether they like it or not. You're their parent, not their buddy.

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Feb. 8, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Knowing that your teen would probably be labeled as a registered sex offender for spreading child pornography, would you rather take the heat or let them accept their punishment and get into trouble?

Quoting Kaelansmom:

I think, that if it is brought to the parent's attention, or the teen has been busted for it before and the parent's do nothing about it (Take the phone away, cut the texting .... do something) Then both the parents and the teen should be punished.

Now, if the teen is doing it and the parents do not know or have taken the phone away, done what they could... then no. But the teen should get in trouble.


 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Feb. 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

I agree...especially due to the potential lifelong consequences of their actions.

Quoting dustinsmom1:

 I think parents should have access to their childrens/teens phones, computers etc at all times. If you don't know what your children are doing, i do think its partially the parents fault. You must insert yourself into their lives, whether they like it or not. You're their parent, not their buddy.


 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

Kaelansmom
by on Feb. 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I would let them take the heat. If I told them previously, not to do it, why not to do it, have punished them for doing it, taken  the phone away and they still do it.. then they need more punishment than I can give. I am all for taking responsibility...  (This is a reason why my son will not have a phone until 18.)

Quoting Woodbabe:

Knowing that your teen would probably be labeled as a registered sex offender for spreading child pornography, would you rather take the heat or let them accept their punishment and get into trouble?

Quoting Kaelansmom:

I think, that if it is brought to the parent's attention, or the teen has been busted for it before and the parent's do nothing about it (Take the phone away, cut the texting .... do something) Then both the parents and the teen should be punished.

Now, if the teen is doing it and the parents do not know or have taken the phone away, done what they could... then no. But the teen should get in trouble.



Manda-Nicole92
by on Feb. 8, 2011 at 11:51 AM

If at 16 you can be charged as an adult for murder then why should the parents be blamed for sexting? we've all been that age at one point... and when I was that age I knew darn good and well what I was doing and why I was doing it and my parents were not one of those reasons.

I do feel parents can cause kids to rebel which I think would place some of the blame on them but in the end I find kids to be old enough to make choices and to take responisbility for those choices.

wymama610
by on Feb. 8, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I agree with Dustinsmom.  If your child is under the age of 18, more than likely you are paying the cell phone bill.  Kids don't NEED cell phones.  It wasn't too long ago that we didn't have cells, so I don't buy the crap of needing to have a way to keep in touch with your kid.  On top of that, texting is definitely not a necessity if your reasoning is to just make sure your kid can call you.  If you are going to provide your child with a cell phone, it is your responsibility as a parent to make sure your child understands what is and isn't appropriate, and to monitor their use.  Same goes for Facebook and instant messaging.  It is amazing to me how many parents are so completely clueless about what their kids are doing.  

gigirocks
by Bronze Member on Feb. 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I would have to say as a parent, you have to ask yourself the question, would you rather be your child's friend or would you rather guide your child. I am not my child's friend. I also conclude that under the age of 18, I am paying the cell phone bill and the internet. So therefore I should be able to check whenever I want what you are doing on either one. I don't know if this already exist, but for cell phones, they should have it to where you can set something up on all your childrens phones where you receive what they text and what pics they send.

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I agree.  It wasn't that long ago teenagers didn't even know what a cell phone was and they got along just fine without them.  I have seen teenagers texting someone across the room instead of talking to them.  Maybe they shouldn't have them to begin with.

Quoting dustinsmom1:

 I think parents should have access to their childrens/teens phones, computers etc at all times. If you don't know what your children are doing, i do think its partially the parents fault. You must insert yourself into their lives, whether they like it or not. You're their parent, not their buddy.


queenanne
by Silver Member on Feb. 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM

 ABSOLUTELY!!

Quoting dustinsmom1:

 I think parents should have access to their childrens/teens phones, computers etc at all times. If you don't know what your children are doing, i do think its partially the parents fault. You must insert yourself into their lives, whether they like it or not. You're their parent, not their buddy.

 

  


                            


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