Posting Inappropriate Photographs Online
The way in which teenagers are willing to utilise online photographs technology has the potential to ruin young lives. Especially since the murky world of online sharing has meant that teens have also shared photographs of themselves drinking (underage) and even committing crimes. Kind of making it seem like the cool or in thing to do. And of course parents as you know nothing about that is okay.
There have also been instances where sex is glorified through online photography. Overseas in America there’s a book known as American Girls by Nancy Jo Sales’. It’s titled Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, some of the over 200 girls that were interviewed explain how their risky use of social media: is for popularity sake.
Stating how they’ve transferred high school popularity into social media measurements through the posting of nude photos of themselves online to buy popularity.
And as light hearted as some teens may think their provocative nude photographs are. A 16-year-old girl in Virginia, US, faces child pornography-related charges after allegedly uploading ‘lewd’ pictures of herself to the social network Twitter, reported Huffington Post.
The girl reportedly admitted the allegations to police while in the company of her mother; she said that she had uploaded the images to impress male acquaintances.
Even though she’s considered a juvenile under that State’s laws, she has been charged with “possession, reproduction, distribution and facilitation of child pornography”. Clearly showing how serious the matter is and if need be the laws are there to protect minors, even from themselves.
It’s worth sitting down with your child and discussing the possible consequences of sharing information, especially images, online. By instilling in your child a real knowledge that what happens on the internet stays on the internet forever. And that inappropriate photographs shared on online can potentially harm their reputation for decades to come.