Preventing Teens from Sexting

UTICA, NY (WUTR)-- This week, former Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prision for sending sexually inappropriate pictures and messages to a minor. In Oneida County, the Child Advocacy Center often deals with cases involving sexting.

  "If we have sexual pictures on somebody's computer, like an adult for example, with child pornography, charging them it's a "D" felony, "C" felony, and they can go to jail for a very long time," explained Joseph Lisi, Chief Deputy.

Teenagers can also get in trouble for sexting, if the images are sent to others out of revenge.

"One might send a picture to another child they are dating," said Lisi. "So, in other words, two people are dating, pictures go back and forth and then they break up and somebody gets angry and the pictures start going all over the school, which is a very big problem."

Lisi advises parents to monitor their children's technology.

"What social media sites are your children going on? Do you have passwords for those sites? Do you know what they are sending back and forth?" asked Lisi." No, the parent can't get in trouble by the law, but the parents have a responsibility to keep track what their child is doing on the internet."

Lisi said the best advice parents can give their children is to warn them not to take inappropriate pictures in the first place.

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