Wednesday, November 12, 2008

So your teenager has a cameraphone or a webcam....

David Gallant, the guest speaker for today's North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce's Technology Breakfast, made an interesting point about the use of teenagers sharing intimate photos of themselves to their boy or girl friends. For Gallant, a former Air Force Office of Special Investigations professional, the transmission of a 15-year-old girl sharing a picture or video of their body with an 17-year-old boy friend is akin to child pornography. Gallant, a Computer Security and Forencis Specialist with the San Antonio office of e-fense, made me think that I should discuss this with my teens.

Here's what I will probably tell my shy introverted son, Peter, who's 19 going on 20: "If for some reason you get a Playboyesqe picture of a girl who is not 18 years of age, tell them that you're going to delete it and that you don't welcome these kind of pictures." By accepting this photo, you could put yourself under jeapodary of child molestation."

As an added way to protect your children, I would tell them your computers have Helix installed on it and that you can catch these unsolicitied pictures at any time.

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