South Carolina bill would bar teens from sexting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators are debating whether to bar teens from sexting.

The anti-sexting bill is up for debate Wednesday in a House subcommittee.

The term refers to sending sexually explicit photos by cell phones or computers, in what can constitute cyber bullying.

Rep. Joan Brady says she hopes an anti-sexting law would educate parents to the program and help teens understand the negative emotional repercussions.

The proposal would make it illegal for juveniles ages 12 through 17 to knowingly transmit sexually explicit photos. Offenders would face up to a $100 fine and be required to complete an educational program.

Sen. Mike Fair says it would give officers a way to get teens' attention without labeling them a sex offender for life.

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