As a result, you probably don’t want to get this person into too much trouble, but you also know that peddling in these kinds of pictures is probably not going to lead to great things in life (because if you think about it, it is highly inappropriate, morally wrong, and potentially illegal). Well, most adults might advise you to “tell an adult you trust.” This is generally good advice for a lot of problems you run into, however in the case of a naked photo of an under-aged youth, this can be devastating for all involved.
You have no doubt seen the examples in the media of teens being cyberbullied, arrested, or even committing suicide as a result of bad decisions involving the circulation of nude personal pictures.
Teachers who don’t can lose their teaching license and/or be fired.
If they don’t know what to do and seek guidance from a fellow teacher, they could get into even more trouble.
My thoughts here are intended to provide you (youth) with a specific and simple strategy to help avoid any of these consequences.
If you do receive such an image, odds are that it was sent by a good friend (or a boyfriend or girlfriend).
This means that if you take the picture, you can be charged with the “creation of child pornography.” If you send or forward the pic, you can be charged with “distribution of child pornography.” If you keep it on your phone, you can be charged with “possession of child pornography.” In some cases you could even end up on state sex offender registries.
My advice to teens who receive a nude or semi-nude image of a classmate is simple: immediately delete it. If there is an investigation and someone asks if you received the image, you should tell them yes, but that you immediately deleted it.
For example, if you hand your cell phone with the nude image over to the teacher, and he or she shows another teacher, both teachers (and you) could be charged with “possession” of child pornography since they had possession of your phone.
That’s because the police often treat these images as child pornography – irrespective of the intent of the sender or the relationship of those involved.