The Truth About Teens Sexting

"It gets really young, and I'm guessing it's just the role models that… the students that are younger, they realize, 'Oh look, you know, they're doing it. I'm gonna be cool and do it too,'" Ashley said.

The Legal Downside to Sexting

Sexting has become so rampant that those who pass along sexually suggestive images of minors are being prosecuted.

Phillip Alpert discovered just how real the consequences of sexting could be after he was branded as a sex offender and kicked out of college when he distributed compromising photos of his ex-girlfriend.

"I was the stupid kid that sent the pictures across e-mail," said Alpert, who had dated his girlfriend for about two-and-a-half years. "I was very upset. I wasn't thinking. I had sent a few of the pictures that she had sent to me. She'd taken of herself and sent to me. I sent them through -- to the recipients in her e-mail address."

Alpert, 19, was convicted of sending child pornography and served several days in jail. He is now out on probation, but he was thrown out of college, and as a consequence of his conviction on child pornography charges, his name was added to Florida's sex offender registry.

"If I violate the probation, I go to prison for a very long time," he said.

A violation includes contacting his now ex-girlfriend, even if it's for an apology.

It was a huge mistake," Alpert said. "I understand how it hurts."

Alpert's lawyer said his story is just one of the many examples of how tweens and teens use technology to vent.

"We give these kids all this technology, and they use it to communicate everything -- love, hate, anger," said Alpert's lawyer Lawrence Walters.

Cynthia Logan said it will take a coalition of parents and schools to help kids learn about this danger.

"It's really educating the schools, and they should have assemblies," she said.

She said she would have rather seen Alpert put on probation for a couple years and do a presentation in front of young peers instead of being labeled a sex offender..

"That, to me, is much more productive," she said.

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