While parents may be mortified, young people appear to think sending naked or semi-naked images of themselves electronically is okay. However youth think it’s not okay if someone passes on the images without their consent.
Authorities are grappling with the issue in the wake of incidents like the harassment and death of Rehteah Parsons, a teen from eastern Canada. A picture of her allegedly being sexually assaulted was widely circulated by her peers. Two teens have been charged with making and circulating child pornography.
At least three research projects are underway in Canada that will give lawmakers some information about why teens share racy pictures of themselves to help them formulate policy and laws on sexting.