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  1. “Sexting”Noah LevinPittsburgh, PA | April 25th, 2009
  2. 1BackgroundProblem, Case Studies, Current LegislationPittsburgh, PA | April 25th, 2009 2
  3. “ Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or “ photos electronically, primarily between cell phones.Wikipedia
  4. “ All you look at is, is this a nude or seminude or suggestive photograph, and is the person depicted in it a minor? And that is enough to warrant a criminal “ prosecution for child pornography.MARK RASCH
  5. A Few Case Studies13 year olds from PA. three girls charged withchild pornography from sending photos ofthemselves in bra’s14 year old from NJ. charged with childpornography for posting 30 myspace photos17 students in PA. charged with distributingphotos of nude female classmates18 year old from OH. committed suicide aftera nude photo was spread around her high school
  6. “ This section shall not apply if the person is less than 19 years old, the child is at least 13 years old, and the child knowingly and voluntarily and without threat or coercion used an electronic communication device to transmit an image of “ himself or herself to the person.Vermont Legislation
  7. “ It would make sexting a first-degree misdemeanor for minors. They could still face jail time, but more likely the teens would receive counseling or “ some kind of probation.ohio Legislation
  8. 2Teleological ApproachUtilitarianism, Situational Ethics, Public ScrutinyPittsburgh, PA | April 25th, 2009 8
  9. Public Scrutiny
  10. Legal Paternalism0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 A G E
  11. Expectation of Privacy75% of teens understood the negativeconsequences of sexting before they did it40% of teens send suggestive text messages, 20%sent nude or semi-nude text messages45% of teens say its common for the messages tobe shared outside of intended recipients - 653 teens surveyed
  12. 3Deontological ApproachKantian Ethics, Right-Based, AbsolutistPittsburgh, PA | April 25th, 2009 12
  13. AbsolutistWhat’s wrong is wrong.At what age do people begin faceconsequences?In Vermont, an 18 year old can be hit with5-week sessions, but maybe 5 days later onhis 19th birthday he’s a ‘sex offender’.
  14. Categorical ImperativeInteresting gender difference issues; woulda male be bullied the same way?If all cases of pictures under the categoryof child pornography should be handledthe same way, are all pictures actuallycreated equal?
  15. Bennett Haselton’s Idea
  16. ObligationsWe have a duty to respect other individualsand ourselves, and transmitting messagesis disrespecting both of these parties.Under this line of reason, sexting shouldnot be tolerated, but what about thepunishment?Is treating everyone the same way byplacing child pornography accurate?
  17. 4My ArgumentOne possible solution to teen sextingPittsburgh, PA | April 25th, 2009 17
  18. Education.In light of this technology, we need to passlegislation at the House that lessens thecharges for lewd teen to teen cell phonecommunications.They should under very few circumstancesbe charged with child pornography, butrather promote educational programmingand probationary periods.We must also push for nationwideadvertising to keep family’s informed.
  19. Responsibility.I also believe that those taking thecompromising photos are just asresponsible, even with the consent of the‘subject’, because they are aware of theconsequences. Again:Creation, Transmission, and Reception ofteen “sexting” must be observed.
  20. “ We are talking about teens acting carelessly with technology…teen sexting is not child pornography. “EDWARD GREENSPAN
  21. FYIMay 23, 2009Pittsburgh PunditsLate Night - Cabaret TheaterA comedy show with a panel discussion onsexting and other matters of sex and law.412.325.6769
  22. Thank you!ANY QUESTIONS?