Um, because you’re an idiot?

This cracked me up

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Passing notes in study hall or getting your best friend to ask a boy if he likes you or, you know, LIKES you, is so last century. Nowadays, teenagers are snapping naked pictures of themselves on their cell phones and sending them to their boyfriends and girlfriends.

Many of these pictures are falling into the wrong hands — or worse, everyone’s hands, via the Internet — and leading to criminal charges.

Some parents are aghast.

“I just don’t understand why kids would do a stupid thing like that,” said Rochelle Hoins of Castle Rock, Colorado,

(my emphasis)

Seems to me the answer is contained within the question.

More at the link to the story on CNN.

19 Responses to “Um, because you’re an idiot?”

  1. Kevin at GodsDandruff.com Says:

    A few months ago Kendra got a good cell phone with a camera. One Saturday, she left it sitting on the bed while she stepped into the shower. So I quickly picked it up and dropped my pants, planning to make her wallpaper a pick of my junk.

    About the time I was trying to snap the picture my youngest walks in.

    Try explaining to your (then) 17 year old why dad is standing there with his pants around his ankles making porn.

  2. Lou FCD Says:

    I too, am a stupid kid at heart. (though somewhat more careful or lucky, apparently)

    …and that’s all I’m gonna say ’bout that.
    🙂

    So what did Kendra say?

  3. Kevin at GodsDandruff.com Says:

    After grabbing my pants and clumsily pulling them up while hobbling after my 17 year trying to stammer out an explanation the pic never got taken.

    That reminds me…her phone is right over there…

  4. Lou FCD Says:

    Does it email pictures? Email it to her, too.

  5. Kevin at GodsDandruff.com Says:

    Do you want to be CC’d?

  6. Lou FCD Says:

    Let me just decline by again invoking my wife’s opinion of polyamory.
    😉

  7. Kevin at GodsDandruff.com Says:

    Plus it would be intimidating for you.

  8. Diana Says:

    Ah apparently Kevin knows the family. Hehehe

    It’s funny that you should post on this topic. We had a huge fiasco in Dec/Jan in the Parkland School District. And to find out that the one girl who was naked, a 14 year old, is my co-worker’s neighbor. The media reported that only about 40 kids saw the pics via cells. The real world knows it was about 5 school districts that saw the pics and they were passed for about 2 months before a student who received them told. The police gave everyone a deadline to delete the pics and if any one had them after that time frame they would be charged with child pornography. It was even talked about on the big news channels and even CNN.

  9. Lou FCD Says:

    Indeed.
    :/

    Y’know, they’re kids. They’re right at the age when they start really exerting their independence and are full of raging hormones, suddenly very aware of their sexual drives. They have their own cell phones, a private line of communication to which the parents are not fully privy. Nearly every cell phone in existence has a camera.

    The only surprise here is that people are surprised.

    …and upset.

    What the hell did you think they were going to do with that, take photos of the rhododendrons?

  10. Beth Says:

    Mmm, it always perplexes me when people are astonished to find out that their teen is involved in anything remotely sexual/sensual. Don’t they remember? I wonder to myself. (Heh. When I was in high school, my boyfriend took lots of happy snaps of me. Bless. I wonder if he has them still?).

    I, on the other hand, am quite the luddite when it comes to raising my children. My son, for example, did not have internet access on his computer until he turned eighteen this year. And he didn’t get his own cell until after that.

  11. Lou FCD Says:

    I too am astonished, Beth.

    Thank you for visiting.

    My kids are electronic age kids. They’ve had access since before there was a web, when the internet was a text-only medium and my daughter was still learning to spell.

    Cell phones came at age 13, their own computers with access much earlier than that. I would be a complete idiot to assume that they haven’t… well, let’s not go there, shall we?

    It’s stupid in the extreme to think of kids as little asexual Barbie dolls, whether or not they have a ton of technology in their pocket. It’s pointless as well as indicative of severe parental denial. Were they not armed with cell phones with which to take photographs, they would be armed with pencils to draw pictures. The woman in the CNN story is utterly clueless.

    I give my kids as much instruction and advice as I can, teach them what they need to know (and probably more), and help them whenever I can. But in the end, they walk out the door each morning, and from there they brave the world without me, carrying with them only what I have given them to that point.

    Sooner or later, they’re going to do the deed. When they do, they’ll have information and pregnancy/STD prevention at hand. They are as well armed as I can get them, and that’s the best I can do to assure that their sex lives get off to a better start than mine did.

  12. Lou FCD Says:

    eh… some of that might sound like it was directed at your “Luddite” comment.

    Please accept my assurances that it was not.

  13. Beth Says:

    You’re welcome (I’ve visited for some while, actually).

    Clearly, you’re feeling tangential, tonight. (I mean that quite nicely). I didn’t take it as a response to my luddite comment. I’m just sort of low-key when it comes to technology … goodness, I don’t even have a car. (Okay, perhaps I should stop going about admitting how odd I am …).

  14. Diana Says:

    Yeah I really don’t like to think about it, especially with a new teenager in the family. Yep, she turned 13 on the 3rd here. And I know she’s kissing the boys already. And I don’t really think about what else. I know what I was doing as a teen and well, hmmmmmmm.

    Anyways, I just hope that I can raise respectful boys and they will be as prude as the father was in his teen years.

  15. Lou FCD Says:

    I’m glad you decided to comment then, Beth.

    Yes, I’m in a bit of a mood this evening, aren’t I? That was a bit of something special at elise’s I think. I believe JanieBelle feels a post coming on. (Though it’s a topic that might be more suited to Kate.)

    I’d forgotten about that, Diana. There was certainly some sniffing around going on when we last visited, wasn’t there?

    Don’t hobble the boys. Respectful – good. Prude – not good at all. Talk to biancs about it, if you haven’t already.

  16. Diana Says:

    Oh he thinks they’ll be too involved in sports to notice. I can see that in M but I think J will be more interested. Biancs didn’t go to any of his dances, not even Senior Prom. I’m hoping our kids do.

  17. Lou FCD Says:

    Heh. He’s so cute in his naiveté.

  18. Kevin at GodsDandruff.com Says:

    Lou,

    Speaking of shocking pics…

    I was looking for a picture and I couldn’t find it on my computer. I thought it was at My Redhead Life, so I went to Google images and did a “site:” search. When that didn’t work I just searched on Google Images for “myredhead.wordpress.com”.

    This is what I found.

    I’m currently looking for an ice pick to remove my eyes.

  19. Lou FCD Says:

    You’re just jealous.


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