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Friday, March 26, 2010


Now that all our healthcare woes are solved, we can turn our attention to the true causes of all ills in our Great Democracy! Yeppers, I'm talking about sexting.

We're talkin 'bout Trouble, right here in River City,
With a capital "T" and that rhymes with "T", and that stands for.......

Oh, never mind. There are new laws being considered to deal with teen sexting, because in many locales, as one Ohio State rep reports:

with the current law, teens could be charged with a felony and forced to register as sex offenders, which he felt was an “extra burden” they didn’t need.

So for (stupidly and naively) texting a boy or girlfriend with a sexy message or picture, you can get a felony charge, and get a sex offender rap. Sweet. I was listening to a cable news report on the issue, and one woman was committing verbal hand-wringing: "What can we do about this problem?" The underlying question is "What can the Government do about this problem?".

Too late, honey! There is nothing that can be done now, outside of Mommy and Daddy actually giving a rip. and teaching their now-almost-too-old kinder what is right, and what is inappropriate. And maybe taking their kid's phones away, or giving them bottom-of-the-line TracFone that has only basic phone services. If these kids have no clue that sending naked pix over the cell waves is a bad idea, the problem is FAR deeper than what they are doing.

Mommy, Daddy, RAISE YOUR KIDS!! Teach them right from wrong. Quit treating them like special pets. Train them. Take time with them. Your kids are more important than your job, your hobby, your team, your pals, American Idol, or People Magazine. They aren't just a side-effect of sex. You will be held accountable for how you raised them, both now, and in the age to come.


Galt-in-Da-Box said...

There appears to be this rating of children among most parents as somewhere between the extremes of "a mistake" and "those cute little people I play and share my house with", but no actual concept of a future under construction.

Mrs. Pilgrim said...

Agreed. What we have here is "adolescence", that gray area where the kid is considered old enough to make certain decisions (like, having sex), but not old enough for other decisions (like, getting married). Parents fail to intervene--because they're not "respecting the young adults"--so the State acts.

I personally consider "adolescence" to be a brilliant invention of the interventionists. It gives them carte blanche to act on behalf of those forced to be irresponsible--and they forever seek to increase the age range of that group.

Parents: If you're worried about your kids "sexting", get a plan that doesn't include text or image transfer. Those exist.