Ignorance of Todays Teens … Trading Nude Photos Via Cell Phone Now Part of Teen Dating


“Adolescents are not known for thinking things through, that’s a generational constant.”

So much for passing notes in class, technology has made that all but obsolete. Cell_phoneThat and an unthinking and brazen generation of teens. Is this what it has come to with today’s teens? It’s bad enough that most cannot focus on anything but having their cell phone constantly attached to their ear or continual texting. Now we learn that sending nude photos of themselves has become part of the ritual of teen dating. What is the fascination with the voyeuristic generation of teens out there?

Have today’s teens lost all sense of shame and responsibility? Obviously teens that partake in such risky behavior also have no idea what “consequences” to one’s actions mean. Think these pics will not show up on the internet? Think again. Think these pics may not cost you a future job down the road? Think again. However, the sad reality is these teens who claim to be so intelligent are not thinking at all. Parents … where are you!!!

The instant text, picture and video messages have become part of some teens’ courtship behavior, police and school officials said. The messages often spread quickly and sometimes find their way to public Web sites.

“I’ve seen everything from your basic striptease to sexual acts being performed,” said Reynoldsburg police Detective Brian Marvin, a member of the FBI Cyber Crime Task Force of Central Ohio. “You name it, they will do it at their home under this perceived anonymity.”

Westerville Central High School senior Jerome Ray said he’s received such unsolicited messages, including one from a classmate while he was sitting with his girlfriend.

“A lot more girls are aggressive,” said Ray, 18. “Some girls are crazy and they are putting themselves out there.”

Experts said teens often don’t understand the dangers. 

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  • Comments

    17 Responses to “Ignorance of Todays Teens … Trading Nude Photos Via Cell Phone Now Part of Teen Dating”

    1. Richard on April 14th, 2008 12:44 pm

      And I thought it was a big deal when, in sixth grade, I gave a girl a box of candy.

      With nude photos being sent out at random, any actual date must be (groan) an anticlimax.

    2. Miklo on April 14th, 2008 1:58 pm

      Doesn’t this amount to child porn?

      Ought to be proscecuted accordingly…

    3. Michael on April 14th, 2008 2:37 pm

      Thats pretty hot-i wish my highschool girlfriend sent me pictures of herself of a provocative nature..i grew up in the wrong times.

    4. Miss-Underestimated on April 14th, 2008 3:07 pm

      What ever happened to mirrors on your shoes?

    5. A New Girl on April 14th, 2008 3:50 pm

      Please let me state for the record, I have 2 teens and NIETHER one of them send or receive nude photos on their cell phone….yet?!? Why, because I check that sucker every night and question anything on it that deems necessary. Also, I block out the texting feature. They are allowed time intervals on AOL (instant messenger) and we have a program that can track every letter they type.

      PARENTS!!! IGNORANCE is NO EXCUSE!! Call it spying, prying whatever!! Be involved enough in your children’s lives…while giving them some freedoms…MONITOR!! Ask questions, meet all of their friends (even though my daughter hates it when I ask her friends questions…) and snoop, snoop snoop to your heart’s content. What you DON’T know can and will hurt you or your children if you let things get out of hand!

      To say the above is acceptable or normal behavior these days and that teens think “it’s no big deal” is only because too many parents and those in control have let it become…not a big deal! Give me a break….this is unacceptable and I don’t care WHAT times we live in!!! INAPPROPRIATE!!!!!!!!!!! These teens have plenty of time in their adult lives later to experience more erotic things…to be exposed at this age or have parents allow this to happen when a teen is still living under your roof—I blame the parents too for their acceptance of it.

    6. misskatie on April 14th, 2008 4:21 pm


      If more parents were as snoopy and nosey as you are.and thats a good thing by the way…. we wouldnt be hearing about all the things kids do behind their parents backs. cell phones are a blessing to track your kids but can aslso be misused to do things that parents have no idea of… I raised four kids… now in their thirties all a yr apart.. thank god there were no cell phones when I was raising them… can you imagine keeping track of four… but your wise in that you blocked the texting feature… parents can be decieved by kids… you want to take their word for what they say.. but sometimes we have to take it a step further and nose around…. as you did asking their friends questions… you have every right…

    7. Patti on April 14th, 2008 4:39 pm

      Kids are all mixed up…

      It’s not what you got…

      Guys can find that anywhere…

      It’s who you are.

      And, even, they would not have

      much respect for you after that.

      Be yourself,

      take it slow,

      and find TRUE love

      and all that comes with it.

    8. A New Girl on April 14th, 2008 4:51 pm

      #5…Miss K….Thanks for your comments….This is not rocket science, correct? You certainly know first-hand if you raised 4 children of your own….. I’m not saying my children are angels….but I will do everything while I can and when they are hear with me to keep on top of them!

      Think what they forget, is that even though they have a lot more available to them at a lot younger age than we did….I am a Baby Boomer—not really THAT old…and I was young once. So I warn them not to try and get away with too much because there isn’t a thing I haven’t either tried first hand or heard of through someone else.

      Most important—letting them know you care enough to take the time to bother them…Another point I reiterate on when they complain that I am a “pain” is that at least I CARE enough about them to bother to check. It’s the parents that DON’T (i.e, Lets take Anita VDS for example or even the Columbine parents…Like OH YEAH, I am NOT going to notice if my kids are making bombs in the garage, dressing in long black leather attire and listening to demonized music??) to me, that is called your head is so far up your a** you can’t see the light of day!)

      I really try not to go overboard but I am sick to DEATH of hearing the million and one excuses grown adults make for their offspring these days! True, some things cannot be controlled but this can. Article says TEENAGERS! So, unless these teens are paying their own cell phone bills (doubt it) or rent and living on their own—what is the deal here?? Parents should control it more and how about throwing the thing in the trash or shutting off service if you find out your teen is using it to send nude pics of themselves? Honestly, when I read news like this on the internet or see it on the news and papers–it really hits a nerve with me.

    9. Patti on April 14th, 2008 8:08 pm

      Oh, and you guys…

      Girls could have sex every minute

      of every day, if they wanted to…

      It takes more than THAT to win

      their hearts.

      Personally, I’d be offended if a

      guy did that to me…

      What does that say about YOU?

    10. always 1 on April 14th, 2008 9:36 pm

      one nite, we were coming home from Christmas Dinner and stopped in at McDonalds on the turnpike for some coffee….there was three young girls leaning across the railing with tops on so low you could see to Texas….I said as I passed by, I have some of those but dont feel the need to show everyone here…..one girl said What did you say….the manager asked them to leave….I just dont understand why they thing they have to put everything out there to get attention, and what kind of guys would want them to…..in the long run I mean….

    11. Steve on April 24th, 2008 9:57 pm

      omg children will be children.they require some respect towards their privacy.tracking your children down to the letter they type or to the word they say just isnt right.my girlfriend sent me pictures or herself nude when i was younger too.i dont see the big deall omg theyll end up all over the internet.if thats the case you obviously didnt have the brains to send it to the right person.my children are going through their lives without me monitoring every step of it.if you dont want pictures of you doing whatever dont send them.you have to let you children live their lives at some point.that includes them learning from mistakes.

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    14. DJTEEL on July 21st, 2008 12:50 am

      I seem to be reading two extremes here.the parent that believes children have absolutely no rights to privacy and the parent who believes that children sharing nude photos of one another is okay and normal(that’s the parent i’m afraid of.that kind of parent strikes me as the one that’s also throwing private alcohol parties for their kids at home believing them to be okay)./\\amyway..keeping track of your kids is mandatory.knowing what they do online is mandatory..knowing every single thing they type in their private journal / diary is NOT mandatory !! if a child can’t keep a journal or diary then where is any of their privacy at all??most kids keepa an online blog/.most are public for parents to read.but most blogs allow a person to post private blogs//this is i’m sure why a parent would be keeping track of keystrokes..this makes me sick to my stomach!! girls write stuff about boys in their diaries and are embarrased for parents to be reading those things/.i know many parents that don’t believe they’re children should have ANY PRIVACY AT ALL/.children that are not allowed any privacy will grow up more troubled than any kid that’s been trading nudie photos i assure you/.my sister and her girlfriends used to keep diaries as they were growing up/..this is normal/..while i beleive that parents should know where their kids go online this nonsense of spying by way of tracking their keyboard strokes is NOT a good idea!! i can almost see these same parents doing cavity searches of their kids when they get home from school!! SOME privacy is normal and healthy for a child of ANY age!!

    15. DJTEEL on July 21st, 2008 12:52 am

      what is the sum of 6 and 4?? get real!everyone knows it’s 107

    16. Grant on April 23rd, 2011 11:13 am

      For young men getting nudes is like a hunter shooting a deer the more the girl exposes the bigger the deer. Children need to have the common sense to send those pictures to the right person, its a part of growing up.

    17. Dennis Teel on October 7th, 2011 12:15 pm

      would any of you parents actually TRUST ANY adult that was in favor of children sexting?? that spells pedo in my opinion and wouldn’t want that adult anywhere NEAR my child!!!

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