Oct 15, 2012

The Sext Files: how explicit videos turn teachers into cops

Sexting is criminalising a part of young people's new sexual awakening, but this role, often left to schools is being blurred with the courts. Swinburne University student Daniel Geikowski looks at youth workers' concerns.

Young men and women creating sexually explicit videos has caught out schools, but the severity of anti-sexting punishments from courts has teachers looking for alternative responses.

The phenomenon has “give the porn industry a run for its money”, admits Juliet Summers, an online youth worker for the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA). Summers told Crikey the activity normalised sexually explicit behaviour and, while sexting was an issue, young people had gone one step further, making and distributing videos, not merely still images. Development in mobile phone technology had made it easy for young people to take and share sexual images and videos.

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