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Youth-Produced Sexual Images, “Sexting,” and the Cellphone 

Youth-Produced Sexual Images, “Sexting,” and the Cellphone
Youth-Produced Sexual Images, “Sexting,” and the Cellphone

Clay Calvert

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date: 13 June 2021

This chapter analyzes sexting by minors. It examines different definitions and permutations of sexting, as well as recent studies suggesting its prevalence and other activities that may correlate with sexting activity. The chapter addresses the troubling collision between youth sexting and traditional child pornography laws, and it explores various efforts by lawmakers in the United States to play legislative catch-up to deal with this high-tech, sexually charged issue. Sexting poses acute legal problems because in some instances, depending upon how graphic and explicit the images are, minors may be creating, possessing, and distributing their own child pornography and, in turn, may be subjected to harsh legal sanctions for such behavior.

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