Sexting: Parents to be Punished for Their Kids' Naughtiness if Bill Passes

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Sexting: The love song of the modern J. Alfred Prufrock
If you're the parent of a tween/teen who's dumb enough to sext, you've got enough problems. You don't need to add to them by being forced to attend a class on the whole thing.

But according to a bill announced today by state Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Senator Kirk Watson, one of the parents of any kid found guilty of what will be the Class C misdemeanor of sexting will be forced to attend an "education program about sexting's long-term harmful consequences."

Because parents, you know, need to be taught that having their 15-year-old darling little daughter flashing her titties to a boyfriend is a bad thing.

"Studies show that teenage students are increasingly taking, sending and receiving explicit pictures of themselves on their mobile telephones," Abbott said. "This dangerous trend is harmful to young Texans. We are joining with Sen. Kirk Watson to address the growing problem of sexting and educate - not criminalize - young Texans who make the unwise decision to participate in it."

The intent of the bill is not bad: Currently sexting pictures would fall under child pornography laws, and that's a big thing to have on your record.

The bill's "legal provisions ensure that minors are punished for their improper behavior, but do not face life-altering criminal charges," the duo said.

Can't argue with that, because kids of that age tend to do dumb things. And parents probably don't need to be taught how sexting is one of those things.



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EGR
EGR

Another step down the road of making sin criminal.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Fiscal conservatism at its finest. This will surely address the budget crisis the state is facing.

Francine Anderson
Francine Anderson

OMG...are we in the clear if they're about to turn 20? Are we in the clear if they're living in another state? I need some loopholes here....

Junie7288
Junie7288

mute point to punish the parents... these 15 year olds already know better and where taught better by the parent in the first place... just another way for Texas to make some money!!!

Chef504
Chef504

Holy Sexting Batman. I read this and am yet again fighting hard not to shred my Texas Drivers License. Technology has most definitely changed the game a bit, but it's still the same. I will date myself now, but I remember when I was in High school a few girls took some polaroid pics of themselves and gave them to me. Just innocent fun and part of growing up. I hardly think they were in the business of kiddie porn. It was just teenage angst, and exploration. A class for parents made mandatory by the great State of Texas get the hell out of here.

Jim C
Jim C

"I will date myself now"...

ok, I know what you meant, but geez...

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