This is a growing problem, folks. I've told you a hundred times that you need to know everything your child does on his or her phone. Now 20 kids - some of them as young as middle school age - are facing serious charges. I wish I could say I was shocked at what they did, but sadly I'm not.
Back in April, school officials in Cape May, New Jersey were alerted that inappropriate photos of a female student were being passed around among male students. This tipped off a school-wide investigation that led to 27 phones being searched and eventually 20 students were charged with invasion of privacy, a third-degree felony.
The maximum penalty for this charge is five years in prison for adults (one student involved is 18) and two years in a juvenile detention facility for the younger students under 18. However, the harshest punishment is very rarely used, especially for first-time offenders.
In a press release, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor said:
It is imperative that these students understand the severity of their actions and the impact that their actions have on themselves, their victims, and the community. Students in other Cape May County schools should be aware that these actions are criminal and can lead to prosecution.
As they say, the best offense is a good defense. Use my resources to help keep your kids safe from scandals like this:
- Click here to learn how to monitor your kids' computer use.
- Click here to familiarize yourself with the app teens are using that you might not know about.
- Click here to learn about social media sites teens are using that you might have never heard of.