Pretoria schoolboy sexts go viral

2014-10-03 10:12
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Johannesburg - The "sexting" craze is making headlines again after photographs of 20 Pretoria high schoolboys went viral this week after being posted to social media.

According to the Times the photographs were posted on Twitter through a fake account.

But according to cyber forensic specialists who had spoken to the newspaper, officials had dealt with an even worse case which involved more than 200 Johannesburg Grade 11 pupils.

Experts say children as young as 9-years-old are sexting.

And even if the images are self-produced, teen sexts could still be considered child pornography.

Child protection expert, Clair Ruiz, told the Daily News in August that self-produced images could be considered child pornography, even if they were produced voluntarily and not intended for reproduction or commercial use.

Cellphone technology specialist, Danny Myburgh, told the Times that many of the images being distributed are “disturbing, increasingly violent and incredibly explicit”.

Well-known sex and sexuality writer Dorothy Black said the incident underlines her feeling that social media and digital communication education “needs to happen at a very young age”.

Black tweeted: “We can't blame the medium. It's not going away. Like porn and the web. Educate, empower.”

Life coach Godfrey Madanhire advises parents who suspect their children of sexting: “...you need to speak to them and try to prevent the situation from developing any further.  While it’s certainly possible to snoop around on their phone or laptop, this won’t foster a relationship of trust between the two of you and will only serve to drive them away from you.”

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