I have mixed opinions on this topic. The parents need a wakeup call on providing their children with freely accessible forms of digital photography. When I was that age, you had to take your film to the photographer. That meant that someone had to develop these pictures and would be looking at them. The potential for my mother being kind and offering to pick up my photos - and looking at them - was one that was large. She always looked at my pictures and how in the hell would I explain ones like that and then…how would I get them to a computer. Those things were what kept me personally from doing things like that - the fear of the repercussions.
Now there are no repercussions, it's a snap, a matter of a few buttons, a quick erase, and parents will never know.
While I don't agree that the kids should get much more than parental intervention; getting those privileged devices taken away, and a stern punishment to teach them right from wrong, and that everything has a time and place - which means 18 for the boobies and not before… It does
cause a big issue with allowing more freely accessible porn for the pedos. The girls don't think that they're hurting anyone, they don't look at any picture larger than the one that they've taken and sent
The bigger picture of it all is that somewhere, someone that they don't want to see them in that state is looking at it. That person might know them. That person might inevitably plot against them and make their lives into a very painful one. Teens, especially young ones [and some adults] are all about the moment.
Teens are oversexed with their hormones, peer pressure, and images from society.
While the parents shouldn't really be punished, they should be made more aware that their little darlings are sex on legs waiting to happen. Teen pregnancy shouldn't be their first slap in the face about it. Parents also shouldn't be so naïve, thinking their children innocent and incapable of such sexual things.
But perhaps…the lawsuits, while frivolous, are a good thing. Because they DO
get media attention and most parents watch the news or are at work and hear these things. Then they start thinking.
ALCU or not, these things need addressed and media coverage so parents will pull their heads out of the sand and start limiting their kids on what they can and can't do or at least discuss potential punishments for such crimes in their households
For female offenders, that meant attending classes designed to help the participants "gain an understanding of what it means to be a girl in today's society," and require them to write a report on what the students did and "why it was wrong"
And as well the bit about classes in the OP's article… I am also WTF on this. Classes shouldn't be required. It's the parents that should handle that. And what does it mean to be a girl in today's society. I don't really think that the 'experts' know.