Anti-sexting bill up for debate next year in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Child safety proposals up for debate next year include measures that would bar teens from sexting and require people who operate a daycare in their homes to have parents' written permission to spank their children.

The bills are among those prefiled by legislators on a children's committee that includes House members, senators and the heads the education, social services and juvenile justice agencies.

Columbia Rep. Joan Brady says a law would educate parents to the problem of sending sexually explicit photos by cell phones or computers.

The proposal would make it a misdemeanor for anyone ages 12 through 17 to knowingly transmit sexually explicit photos of themselves or another juvenile. Offenders would face up to a $100 fine and be required to complete an educational program.

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