Most teenagers have ready access to smart phones and social media. While smart phones and social media sites are modern conveniences that allow us to freely communicate with others, their accessibility have given Illinois lawmakers issue for concern. Because most smart phones have cameras, teenagers can easily take images on their phones and upload those images on the internet. While this can be a valuable tool to take and upload pictures of innocent portrayals of such things as get-togethers with friends and exciting life events, the ability to take and upload photos to the internet also allows teenagers to post harmful materials and images.
While most teens are responsible with smart phone and social media use, others have used this technology to take sexually provocative photographs of themselves or others. This is referred to as “Sexting.” Illinois lawmakers have taken this issue very seriously.
Parents should talk to their teenagers about the responsible use of smart phones and social media and the potential consequences of making and distributing indecent images on their smart phones or other electronic devices.
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