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Teens and social media mix - sometimes with very bad results

Every generation thinks that the young people who come after them are incredibly different. For some people, the fact that kids wear helmets these days when they do just about anything, from riding bicycles to roller skating, is strange since many people would never have thought to do so when they were children - and their parents never mentioned it. Generational differences are certainly interesting, but something has impacted the latest generation of kids and teenagers that may just be one of the biggest game-changers of all time: social media.

Through text messages, Facebook and Twitter, teens can maintain a constant online presence, communicating anything, anywhere, all the time. While this may be a great way to stay up to date on the latest happenings with friends and family, time and time again Americans have seen how social media contacts can go overboard.

This, unfortunately, occurred with seriously detrimental effects recently in Roseville. An 18-year-old boy was arrested after images of the boy and an underage girl surfaced on several social media sites. The boy, a senior at Woodcreek High School, is now facing several charges related to his alleged sexual conduct with a minor.

The reports indicate that this 18-year-old student recorded his sexual encounters with younger female classmates, some of whom knew they were being recorded. While it appears that all of the documented contact between the boy and his alleged sexual partners was consensual, if true the behavior would still constitute a crime because the boy is 18-years-old and his female partners were not. This is a common problem across the country, as high school classmates are linked romantically - say, a senior and a freshman - and the difference of one being of legal age while the other is not can lead to serious charges, sometimes including charges of statutory rape.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Roseville teen booked on suspicion of recording, photographing sex with minors," Kim Minugh, Richard Chang and Sammy Caiola, Feb. 19, 2014

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