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Staying Safe: Warning About Teens and Cell Phone Cameras

Deanie Wimmer Reporting May 14th, 2007 @ 9:13pm

Something many Utah teens consider fun, could be a felony. And increasingly, kids don’t make the distinction until it’s too late.

We have some that may help your teens .

The state’s chief of law enforcement says this is a problem in every Utah high school: kids with , and pictures they send at the push of a button. They’re pictures the kids and their families may come to regret.

Eric Olson says, “She took a picture of herself, and it was really revealing.”

Some kids do it as a joke.

“It think it was kind of a joke, but the joke’s gone bad.”

Other times, it’s a mean prank.

Tommy Adams told us, “They took a picture of me in the bathroom. Nobody should take a picture of anybody in the bathroom.”

Sometimes, it’s in hopes of a date.

Jake Larsen says, “These girls I date, or whatever, like to show off their stuff.”

Kids and cell phones share more than conversation. The pictures they send and post on Web sites like MySpace can have unintended consequences.

Emily Bryson says, “Some of my friends took pictures of a few of them in bras. One of them thought it was funny and mistakenly sent it to someone and it ended up getting around our whole school.” Her friend Lohren Morrison adds, “And parents found out.”

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Happy Slapping, coming to a town near you! Pictures that last a lifetime, in a single click of the send button.

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  2. By Barbara Ling on May 25, 2008 | Reply

    I hate the fact that some kids will ruin a good thing (cellphones) by using them in a rude, unfriendly way (taking unwanted pictures). Anyone who does that should get more than just a wrist slap.


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