Sexting laws: Education or prosecution?
Last year, sexting rose from number 13 to the number 6 top health concern for children in our annual Top 10 Report. Twenty states have laws prohibiting sexting, but a previous poll suggests that less people are in favor of taking legal action against minors.
In a 2012 NPCH Report, 81% of adults said they would support state laws requiring schools to educate kids and parents about youth sexting, while 20% or less believed that sexting should be treated as a sex crime or that teen sext offenders should be prosecuted under sexual abuse laws.
Recently, Sacramento lawmakers have proposed a law that would allow school administrators to suspend or expel a student for sexting when it also involves an act of bullying.