Sexting

Sexting

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Sexting means producing and distributing sexually explicit images or messages.  What can seem as harmless flirting may have far reaching consequences.  Naked photos can easily be copied and distributed on the internet, and personal messages can be repeated across Facebook and Twitter.  Once a picture or text is on the internet, it is virtually impossible to erase.  Currently, Alaskan law does not protect you if your naked picture ends up on the internet.  Be careful what you share and with whom you share it.

Sexting can also have significant legal consequences.  The production and distribution of indecent images of a minor is called child pornography.  Possession of child pornography can result in very serious charges and significant time in prison (no less than five years for your first offense, and up to 15). You could also end up listed on a sex offender registry.  Even if you are under 18, if you take or pass along a photo of another teen, you can still be charged with a crime.  In Alaska, you must be 16 to consent to sexual activity, but you must be 18 to take or possess naked pictures.  Because of the relatively new technology, the law is still evolving on this issue and may change.