Sanger Middle School - A
controversy has arisen out of Denton County, Texas, involving a 13-year-old
boy, a cell phone and a text message. That message has landed the middle
schooler in juvenile detention on child pornography charges.
"I know some girl was
taking pictures of herself and sending it to multiple guys. Obviously, they've
still got their picture on their phone because they are now getting in
trouble," said Bethany Mitchell, a classmate.
Ease of cell phones and
the web to transmit images are stepping curious children into illegal activity.
The laws are going to have to be taught to both parents and children so they
know how this could damage their lives.
and teens in dating relationships are experiencing significant levels of
various forms of abuse, many don't know the warning signs of an abusive
relationship, and many parents don't know what's going on in those
relationships, a new survey says.
Among the findings:
One-in-five 13-14 year
olds in relationships (20 percent) say they know friends and peers who've been
struck in anger (kicked, hit, slapped, or punched) by a boyfriend or
69 percent of all teens who
had sex by age 14 said they have gone through one or more types of abuse in a
Only half of all tweens (51
percent) claim to know the warning signs of a bad/hurtful relationship.
Concerned by the trend
toward abusive tween and teen dating, the National Association of Attorneys
General passed a resolution urging states to establish educational programs on
teen dating violence and abuse.
When attorney-turned-movie producer Samuel Rael decided he wanted to make a film about a serial killer in 1995, it was former legal client Gary Michael Hilton who he says came up with the plot. Rael's adviser was the same Gary Hilton who confessed in January to killing 24-year-old Meredith Emerson in the North Georgia mountains and is the prime suspect in the killings of a Florida woman and a North Carolina couple.
It was Hilton, according to Rael, who found one of the film's prime shooting locations: a cabin in the mountains of North Georgia near the town of Cleveland. In the movie, the killer held women captive in the cabin. Emerson's body was discovered in the woods 13 years later, 30 miles southwest of that location. She had been held captive for three days before Hilton killed her.
The love we show our children in their early years has a powerful effect on their behavior, life choices and self-esteem. But parents sometimes forget that older children, including teens and those who have already left home, need just as much love.