Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Crimes Against Children Research Center

Sexting: A typology

Sexting has prompted considerable worry and controversy. There is concern that young people are adding unknowingly to the already daunting supply of illegal online child pornography; that youth may be compromising futures with images that could be permanently available to colleges, employers and child pornography traffickers; and that youth may be charged with serious sex crimes and placed on lifelong sex offender registries for impulsive teenage indiscretions.

To help promote an objective discussion of the problem and to develop strategies to minimize its dangers and harm, CCRC has reviewed approximately 550 sexting cases that came to law enforcement attention in 2008 and 2009 to develop an evidence‐based typology. The aim of the typology is to show the diversity of sexting incidents and to organize them in a way that helps law enforcement, school officials, parents and others confronted with sexting incidents to differentiate among and assess such cases.

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