If in 1985 someone was asked to define the word sexting, he or she probably would be at a loss for words since that concept did not yet exist. “Sexting” is the combination of sex and texting and is the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photos between mobile phones. Barkacs and Barkacs (2010) have reported that 20% to 39% of U.S. teenagers have engaged in sexting.
When “sexting” includes minors, legal issues and considerations are exacerbated, which may lead to prosecution for crimes like possession and dissemination of child pornography. When one adds the concept of non-consent, the issues related to the prosecution of “sexting” become even more challenging. As new crimes emerge using advancements in technology, new legislation must be created in an attempt to prevent and address those crimes.
For this assignment, select a type of cybercrime (i.e., cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying, cyber-porn, sexting). Identify a piece of legislation related to that type of cybercrime that is more than 5 years old. Then identify a current piece of legislation related to that type of cybercrime.
Reference: Barkacs, L. L., & Barkacs, C. B. (2010). Do you think I’m sexty? Minors and sexting: Teenage fad or child pornography?Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, 13(2), 23–31.
The Assignment (2 pages)
- Briefly describe the type of cybercrime you selected.
- Describe the piece of legislation you selected that is more than 5 years old.
- Describe the piece of legislation you selected that is current.
- Explain any significant differences between the two pieces of legislation.
- Explain how the evolution of the type of cybercrime you selected has influenced legislation.