A look at underage selfies and how the senders and recipients of these photos can be charged under child pornography laws.

We’re facing a whole new problem with sexting- criminal charges.  It’s no longer just about the embarrassment of photos being leaked or getting blackmailed, it’s a matter of child pornography which is illegal.  Specifically, the latest issue plaguing law enforcement is when a teen turns 18 years old and still has nude images of another teen (or of him/herself) on their phone or in their cloud storage.  If your child’s mobile device is sending your cloud all of their images, then you (an adult) might also posses images that are considered child pornography in your cloud.  Complicated, isn’t it?

The best way to get in front of this problem is to talk with your child about the possible ramifications of their actions.  Sexting can land them in serious trouble.  Even teens who both consented in sending nude photos to one another can be prosecuted for their actions.  Make sure your child is not using “vault” or “calculator” apps to hide photos.  Log into your cloud to delete inappropriate media.

The WebSafety app can help alert you when your child is sending messages using sexual terms.  WebSafety also shows you apps downloaded to kids’ mobile devices.  Parents, stay on top of your child’s online activity by using our comprehensive monitoring application for Android and iOS devices.

Source: Child Pornography and Selfies: What You Need to Know

By:  B. Staples