The police have just been called into a British school to prosecute a 14 year-old boy for putting an explicit photo of a naked child on the internet. The thing is that the child was himself, and it was his girl friend who he sent the picture to who put it on the net, where it will remain until every last copy of it has been found and removed.
It was the school who brought the police in, apparently, and the police were duty-bound to do something about it, so they did as little as possible when they gave him a warning about the consequences of his thoughtless actions together with a criminal record which will stay with him for 10 years.
Whenever he applies for a job in the future, he will be legally bound to disclose this conviction for a sexual offence involving a minor, so the school's decision to call in the police will have a profound effect on his future career. Let's hope his future employers are more understanding than his head teacher.
In my day, if, in the highly unlikely event that I wanted to show a girl a photo of myself without any clothes on, I would have to have taken a roll of film to Boots to be processed, and if the processor was a forgiving sort of person, they would have just destroyed the film and never mentioned it again. Then along came smart-phones with cameras, linked in to organisations like Facebook, which is not exactly known for its discretion.
I am so gad I was brought up in the innocent 1950s, when the closest thing to porn I could lay my hands on was a rain-sodden copy of Health and Efficiency magazine left lying in a hedgerow.
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