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Florida teen takes picture of self and is charged with child porn

Adolescents are biologically programmed to push boundaries. In doing so, they help to empower themselves to move slowly away from their parents and eventually stand alone as independent adults. However, the boundary pushing process can be dangerous in certain situations even though the general urge to do so is both normal and even healthy. When adolescents push certain boundaries in Florida, they could be charged with juvenile offenses and ultimately face consequences that will impact their adult lives.

As a result, it is critical that parents and educators inform themselves about which boundary pushing behaviors are ultimately illegal in the Sunshine State. Choices that could seem relatively innocent to some could ultimately land teens in hot water with the law. By remaining informed, parents and educators can then empower teens to avoid behaviors which may ultimately lead to serious convictions for choices they originally believed to be harmless.

For example, a 15-year-old Florida teen was recently charged with child pornography offenses for taking a picture of herself engaging in an oral sex act with another 15-year-old and showing that picture to a friend. The choice to take this picture and show it to another person was certainly unwise, but the teen likely had no idea that such behavior constitutes child pornography creation, possession and distribution.

Teens, parents and educators must understand that some adolescent behavior is indeed just the normal boundary pushing that teens are meant to engage in. However, if teen push boundaries in uninformed ways, they could end up on the wrong side of juvenile or adult offense convictions that could potentially haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Source: Opposing Views, "Girl, 15, Faces Child Porn Charges For Oral Sex Picture of Herself," Michael Allen, July 2, 2013

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