By Ave Mince-Didier. Sexting is the taking and sharing of nude or sexually explicit photos by computer or cell phone. While some states have enacted laws to deal specifically with teen sexting, North Carolina has not. In many states, including North Carolina, when sexting involves images of children under the age of 18, it violates state laws against child pornography, and teens can be prosecuted under laws intended to punish adult sex offenders. For example, in an year-old boy in North Carolina was arrested and charged with two counts of child pornography and one count of disseminating obscene material after he sent a year-old girl a sexually explicit photo of himself and asked her to do the same.
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By Rebecca Pirius , Attorney. Sexting refers to the sharing of nude or sexually explicit images with others through the use of smartphones, the Internet, or other communication devices. States have taken various approaches to address teen sexting. Some have enacted laws prohibiting sexting between minors.
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Most parents want to know why this happened. Why did their teen sexually harm someone else? There is almost never a single reason why a teen engages in illegal sexual behavior. More often such behavior is the result of many factors. Following are the most common reasons.
As their children grow to pre-teens and teens, parents worry about new risks they may experience. One such risk is the use of substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs. Substance use by teens can have a big impact on their health and well-being. The American Academy of Pediatrics AAP , through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , developed a guide for implementing substance use screening in pediatric practices to help pediatricians address substance use concerns. The AAP recommends screening for substance use in children, starting at 9 years of age.