What They’re Saying About Lampitt’s ‘Sexting’ Legislation – "Necessary", "Reasonable", "The Right Move for NJ"

Asbury Park Press:

“Teenagers aren’t known for carefully examining the consequences of their sometimes impulsive actions…[Lampitt’s] bill offers a reasonable alternative to charging some teens with crimes such as ‘distribution of child pornography’ as happens in many states…the bill might at least give some kids pause before taking the photo or sending it.”

(Dest: Asbury Park Press editorial: “Sexting” Bill Sensible)

The Record of Bergen County:

“We’re glad to see legislators working to clear these muddy legal waters…Lampitt noted ‘young people need to understand the ramifications of their actions but they shouldn’t necessarily be treated as criminals.’ We agree. Such an intervention would allow law-enforcement officials to address the seriousness of this bad behavior without adopting a blunt, prosecutorial approach. We want to stamp out sexting, not put generally law-abiding teenagers in jail. We support Lampitt’s proposal to add a new intervention to the mix.”

(Dest: The Record editorial: Not Smart Phone Use)

Gloucester County Times:

“Teens need to know that posting explicit photos on their own social networking pages is fraught with danger, since they never know when a ‘friend’ can be a predator. It could affect their future job prospects, too, if potential employers are looking…legislation like Lampitt’s is necessary.”

(Dest: Gloucester County Times editorial: OK Bill to Teach Sexting Teens)

Trentonian:

“I need to…congratulate the New Jersey Legislature, as they’re about to do something right. There is a bill floating around that would decriminalize teen sexting…Right now it’s a crime. A real crime. It’s child pornography, punishable with jail time and a lifetime of being on the Megan’s Law list, which is insane.”

(Dest: Trentonian, Jeff Edelstein column: Making Sexting Less Illegal is Right Move for NJ”)

Star-Ledger:

“Kids send nude pictures of themselves or others through their cell phones or social networking sites–a practice known as ‘sexting’–only to discover that if they get caught, they could be charged with crimes including child pornography…In an effort to get teens to understand the seriousness of sexting, Lampitt has introduced legislation to establish an educational program that would serve as an alternative to prosecution.”

(Dest: Star Ledger Staff: N.J. Bill Creates Education Program on Criminal, Social Consequences of Sexting)