It doesn't seem to unreasonable to me, what do you think?
The original story: The AP is reporting that a 14-year-old New Jersey girl has been arrested for child pornography after posting nearly 30 explicit nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com. These charges that could force her to register as a sex offender if convicted, which is ridiculous in my humble opinion.
The audacity of these charges is echoed by the mother of the girl whose name is on the sex registration law, Meagan's law. Maureen Kanka said in this online article, "This shouldn't fall under Megan's Law in any way, shape or form. The teen should have counseling and intervention because the only person she exploited was herself. Megan's Law is for sex offenders. These kids aren't sex offenders."
It's time the laws started moving at the same internet speed that our teens are moving - the same speed they expect parents to figure out and move. Our courts don't stand behind COPPA, but we can charge a 14-year-old girl with child pornography distribution when she sends a picture of herself to her boyfriend via an internet social website. Unreasonable, ludicrous, absurd - just can't seem to find the right word to cover it.
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