Teen sex/porn scandal

What to do when the people passing around underage porn are themselves underage? Good question. When you figure that out, let the parents and police in this Pennsylvania town know.

Apparently two images of high school girls – one of a girl’s bare breasts and another of a girl engaged in an unidentified sex act with an unidentified boy – were apparently passed among dozens (and maybe even hundreds or more) cell phones. Here are some quotes from the article:

"Students interviewed at the school Thursday said the pictures made the rounds about two months ago, and that the images have been distributed well beyond the high school — to Temple and Harvard universities, to a high school in Bethlehem, even to someone in Oregon.

"The school isn’t going to get everybody because it is everybody. I don’t know anybody who didn’t get the pictures," said Samantha Smith, a 16-year-old junior who said she deleted the images when she got them.

Senior Nicco Delnero, 17, said teachers discussed the episode with students, "telling us how it could hurt the girls in the future."

On the social networking site Facebook, one student started a group called, "Parkland. … Where Pornstars Are Born.""

Read the full article here.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • Shane

    Interesting – as more teens get mobile phones with cameras I suppose we’ll see this on the increase. We’ve had a recent occurrence in the media in Australia too: http://www.imperfectparent.com/topics/2008/01/16/melbourne-party-boy-hit-with-child-porn-charge/

    I guess if it’s just between friends / partners then it should be harmless, but when it can so easily be spread (as in the Pennsylvania case) and can fall into the wrong hands it’s scary.

    It seems so foreign to me since mobile phones were only starting to hit the scene here when I was in my final year of High School (and even then they were like bricks and not at all fashionable). It’s bizarre to think of 16 yr olds commonly using them.

  • Shane

    Interesting – as more teens get mobile phones with cameras I suppose we’ll see this on the increase. We’ve had a recent occurrence in the media in Australia too: http://www.imperfectparent.com/topics/2008/01/16/melbourne-party-boy-hit-with-child-porn-charge/

    I guess if it’s just between friends / partners then it should be harmless, but when it can so easily be spread (as in the Pennsylvania case) and can fall into the wrong hands it’s scary.

    It seems so foreign to me since mobile phones were only starting to hit the scene here when I was in my final year of High School (and even then they were like bricks and not at all fashionable). It’s bizarre to think of 16 yr olds commonly using them.