March 9, 2014
Authorities in Bedford County, Virginia, have charged two teenagers for texting naked pictures of themselves to other teens.
Police say this problem is becoming widespread. Several law enforcement agencies around Virginia are investigating similar cases. Some of them involve students who are in middle school.
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Wes Nance, says, "If a child's taking a picture of themselves, they are producing child pornography. If they're sending it to someone, they are distributing child pornography. If that person opens that photo and keeps it, they are possessing child pornography."
Police warn that once the pictures are sent from a cell phone, they can be loaded on the Internet and passed around for years. One way to stop it from happening is to disable the text feature on your child's cell phone.