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          Scary Trends: Is Your Child at Risk?

          April 16, 2009

          Sexting, a scary new trend where teens send nude or semi-nude photos via cell phone, is popping up around the country. The authorities are arresting teens and charging them with felonies for distribution of child pornography. If convicted, these teens ” many of them typical and wholesome in every other way ” could face prison and have to register as a sex offenders. Could your child be one of them? Find out what you need to know to protect your child, and what to do if you suspect sexting is going on under your own roof. 

          Should Teens Be Prosecuted for Sexting?

          Attorney Lisa Bloom, In Session anchor and special correspondent for, has been covering sexting news stories. She joins Dr. Phil to share her thoughts about this new, and in some cases illegal, trend.

          “Child porn laws were designed to protect kids from adult exploitation.”

          When Sexting Hits Home

          Julia recently learned that her 13-year-old daughter, Brittany, texted a provocative photo of herself to a boy, who then forwarded the image to his friends. The situation spiraled out of control and nearly ended in tragedy. 

          Learn how to approach this situation if it strikes your family.

          Traumatized by Sexting

          Backstage in a one-on-one conversation, Brittany shares her thoughts and feelings with Dr. Phil. Find out how her life is now and what her biggest concerns are.

          Will Dr. Phil’s words give her a new outlook? 

          Threatened with Charges

          Ben was 13 when he was caught sending a naked photo of a female classmate to another boy. His dad, Brian, vigorously fought for Ben not to be prosecuted.

          What does Brian say all cell phones should include?

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