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Sexting to be discussed

Friday, October 9, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- Sexting, what it is and the consequences of it for students, is the topic of the Putnam County Chaplaincy conference set for Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Walden Inn Conference Center.

Every year the Chaplaincy Board holds an annual conference. This year, the board decided to open the conference to the local communities in hopes of dealing with some of the key issues facing Putnam County youth.

A recent national survey showed that 22 percent of teen girls and 18 percent of teen boys have sent sexually explicit messages or pictures over a cell phone.

"With the advancement in cellular technology and the accessible cell phone industry it is no surprise that preteens, teenagers, and young adults are testing this new form of interaction," said Putnam County Hospital Chaplain Steve Williams.

"It is becoming a more prevalent issue and we need to help to inform parents, teachers and adults on what sexting is and how to deal with it," he said.

Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Carter will lead a discussion panel during the conference.

"Thousands of children are engaging in the practice of 'sexting,'" said Carter. "We want to inform the public of this issue and provide them with possible solutions."

In March, a Nineveh teen was charged in connection with a party where someone secretly taped a teen girl engaging in a sex act, which was then sent to classmates via text message.

"Sexting and other negative behaviors are a community problem," added Williams, "We want the community to be a part of the solution."

Area youth-based organizations will also be in attendance to offer support and information regarding services that are available in the community.

Each organization in attendance will have the opportunity to present a short, live "commercial."

"The local youth groups, organizations and service groups will be able to speak with parents, teachers, and counselors about alternative solutions," said Williams.

Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter and Assistant Chief of Police Brian Hopkins have been invited to serve on a discussion panel with Carter. A question and answer period will conclude the evening's program.

The conference is a free event and is open to the public. Reservations are required. Please call 655-2627 for a reservation.

If you would like to attend the event or are a part of an organization that would like to host a table with information, please contact 655-2583, ext. 2 by Oct. 19.

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This is a good idea. Inform them like we do about cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, driving fast etc.,etc. Kids and young adults always listen well.

After they are informed we can all rest easy and keep on giving our youth all the latest technology available.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 6:31 AM

Here is a thought.. lets have better child control.

-- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 7:40 AM

The Hamilton County Sheriff? Someone should inform Hamilton County that the Nazis lost the war. What exactly is the law being broken? If one is in a public place doing anything there is no expectation of privacy--so what was the charge in the Nineveh case? And who was charged? The girl engaging in the act, the person who recorded it or the persons or persons who transmitted it.

Tim Bookwalter on the panel. He is the one who prosecuted a juvenile for a "MySpace" posting which the Supreme Court overturned. (A.B. v. State). What does he know about Constitutional rights and protected forms of expression? And why never is a criminal defense attorney invited to participate on these panels?

Do "real" kids go to these things or just those forced by their parents or looking to make points with somebody?

-- Posted by reckman on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 9:51 AM


yeah - lets make MORE laws! that is not a great idea - parents just need to be parents...

-- Posted by ec on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 11:25 AM


I'm not sure what sexting has to do with Nazis but consider this...When the sexting involves pictures or video of under-age kids, and those pictures are disseminated by text or email, it becomes a charge of disseminating child pornagraphy. Disseminating child pornagraphy is illegal, as it should be.

The article refers to a TEEN girl (probably under the age of 18) taped engaging in a sexual act. That tape was probably sent to friends. This could result in charges of the dissemination of child pornagraphy. The following is a link to an article about 6 teenage boys that will face child pornography charges in Pennsylvania for sexting.


-- Posted by kphillips on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 6:11 PM


The difference between the MySpace verdict and sexting is kids being mean and bullying versus kids being involved in child pornagraphy.

-- Posted by kphillips on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 6:19 PM

Lets kick God out of more schools and more homes and quit going to church as a family,That ought to make matters even worse as the younger children become teens. Just my opinion on why some teens are heading in the direction they are.

-- Posted by c1991 on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 10:47 PM

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