Kids in Cuffs: The Trouble with Teen Sexting Laws


Emily Horowitz

St Francis College

Amy Lawrence

Harmony House

Robby Soave

Reason Foundation

Emily Yoffe

The Atlantic

It's one of the most common parenting nightmares of the 21st century: Finding out your teen swapped inappropriate text messages with a classmate. Unfortunately, outdated laws often make reality even worse--juveniles can actually go to jail for sending or receiving a sext, even though such behavior is ubiquitous among young people. The purpose of this panel is to inform the public about an aspect of criminal justice in desperate need of reform: the law as it relates to teenagers and technology.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Government
Level: Beginner