Rachel was in seventh grade when she got her first sext request."A guy texted, ' Send me a photo of your boobs,'" recalls Rachel, now a seventeen-year-old junior in a suburb of Boston.(The eighth-grade girl in the photo was not charged, though in some states she could have been.) In the wake of its sexting scandal, the Lacey schools implemented programs to educate students, but other districts have been slow to catch on.Kat, a seventeen-year-old from San Francisco, says her friends sext all day long, ducking into bathrooms between classes to snap provocative shots destined for their boyfriends or simply guys they're interested in. In one case, Kat says, she heard about a boy from a different school printing a photo he'd received and handing out copies."Teenagers tend to think they're invincible: ' That won't happen to me,' ' No one will ever find me,' ' It's just a picture,' et cetera." Morgan, a sixteen-year-old in Rhode Island, says, "I think kids are aware they can get in trouble, but no one ever thinks they'll get caught."The pressure to sext—even when the social and legal consequences can be so catastrophic—can sometimes compel even the most reluctant of participants."Boys have asked me to send them pictures, and when I tell them no, they say I'm not adventurous or exciting. " says Charlotte, a seventeen-year-old senior at a boarding school in New Hampshire."But when a girl gets a photo from a boy, she thinks it's special and just for her." Teens who pass along licentious texts sometimes do so as retaliation against a kid they don't like, Mihalas adds.
"In a mature relationship with someone I trust and am able to talk to, sexting can be really nice.
The footage, captured in the Guangdong province of southeast China, shows the woman yelling at the crying infant as she beats her with her foot against a tiled floor.
To date, almost eight million viewers have watched clip, with many airing their outrage at the ruthless scene.
In recent years more than 20 states—including California, New York, and New Jersey—have introduced laws aimed at teens caught sexting.
Sexually explicit images of under-eighteen-year-olds are considered child pornography; depending on the state's laws, district attorneys may prosecute anyone who's gotten hold of such a picture, from the subject and photographer to the distributors and recipients.