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These overkill charges are why you need to talk to your teen about sexting NOW

These overkill charges are why you need to talk to your teen about sexting NOW
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A 17-year-old boy in North Carolina could be facing extremely serious consequences, including up to 10 years in jail. It's all because of selfies and sexting and some laws that are being ridiculously applied. If you're a parent to teens or you have them in your life in any way, you need to share this story with them immediately.

The young man swapped nude photos with his girlfriend when they were 16. Now, he's charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation and three counts of third-degree exploitation. The latter three charges are for having photos of himself nude on his phone - at age 17, he's being tried as an adult for exploiting himself.

It sounds ridiculous, but the teen girl was charged as well. She pleaded guilty to a lower charge and was given a year's probation. Your teens need to be aware of the dangers of sexting and unforeseen consequences like this young couple experienced.

If you haven't read about the 5 dangerous apps you don't know your kids are using, please read that as well. How have you talked to your teens about digital safety? Let us know in the comments below.

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