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The concern, something already raised, is that the criminalisation of children for “sexting”, where young people have sent partially clothed images of themselves to their peers.
Who will judge what is and is not a “sexual message”?
The prime minister, David Cameron, has cited the “increasing and alarming phenomenon” of paedophiles contacting children online or by text message with requests to take and send nude photos.
The implication is that this is not already sufficiently clearly defined as criminal behaviour.
For sections 15 and 10 of the the Sexual Offences Act a child is someone under 16 years old, but for offences relating to child abuse images, a child is defined as being younger than 18.
Equally important is the definition of adult: the same Act defines adults as being over 18, while there is no such age restriction for offences dealing with child abuse image.
This is not a sexual offence and there are problems with definitions, we can assume asking a child to remove their clothes would be declared indecent.
You would think that kissing another women or man would be a huge no, no.Although the protection of children is always a laudable aim, we need to be very cautious in how this offence is developed.It has the potential to be so broad as to include sexual chat between teenagers, needlessly criminalising growing young adults, and so narrow as to add nothing that isn’t already covered by existing legislation.Are you always that one person who only has a few message threads in their inbox? If you are deleting your scandalous texts, you already know, intentionally or not, that you shouldn’t be doing it. Bored at work, you hear that beep of a new message and practically jump out of your seat. When you finally see his name light up your screen and world (until you get annoyed after five minutes) you quickly dash off a reply and then stare at your phone, eagerly waiting for him to respond. When he does, you’re so giddy you want to burst into a happy dance, but decide not to because your co-worker already doesn’t like you.
Put the shoe on the other foot and ask how you would feel if you found the messages on your lovers phone? This kind of excitement, mainly as you are just getting to know someone, sets you up for spikes of extreme highs and lows.
Perhaps the most realistic model offence is defined under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 as it assumes the activity will be centred on communications based on online or mobile phone technology.