Four percent of youth in the YISS survey said they got requests from online solicitors to take and send sexual pictures of themselves1.
Youth need to understand why this is a crime, and that people who ask for and transmit such pictures can get arrested as child pornographers and sex offenders.
For example, many of the youngsters thought the solicitations were from other youth or just casual rude comments1.
The reason is that most young people (like most adults) do give out personal information. A warning that is so broad and runs counter to such common practices is not likely to make young people trust the source of such advice.
Research says that talking about sex online with strangers is a big risk factor for encountering problems3.
Typically they have sex with the adult on multiple occasions.
Most of these crimes are statutory rather than forcible rapes2.