Hearing Wed. for parents concerned about 'sexting'

June 23, 2010 3:10:10 AM PDT
There is a hearing Wednesday for New York City parents concerned about their children texting sexually explicit messages to each other, otherwise known as "sexting."

A proposed ban would punish elementary school students caught sexting with a suspension of up to 90 days.

It would apply both inside and outside school.

Civil liberties lawyers calls that interference.

The public hearing takes place at the Department of Education building at 6 p.m.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that 4 percent of cell phone owners between the ages of 12 and 17 say they have sent suggestive nude or semi-nude images of themselves via text message.

Another 15 percent say they have received such images of someone they know. Twenty-three percent of boys and 24 percent of girls say they sent the images due to peer pressure.

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