Skip to main content

Watchful, Wary and Wise - Be Smart Online: Mobile Phones

Learning how to behave appropriately and responsibly online, stay safe and create a positive personal profile are skills that everyone needs to develop

First Australian Sexting Court Case

Prosecutor pursues first 'sexting' conviction

'DAMIEN ''EZZY'' EADES is caught up in legal history but perhaps not in the way he would have liked.

The 20-year-old from Sydney's western suburbs is at the centre of Australia's first ''sexting'' case, after a schoolgirl sent a nude photo of herself to his mobile phone. The maximum penalty he faces is a two-year jail term.'

Responsible Online and Cellphone Communication

 

IROC.2 - Creating digital awareness in a digital world

http://www.iroc2.com/

http://www.iroc2.org/

Related Links

Texting While Driving

Texting While Driving - The Facts

  • An estimated 6,000 people are killed and 500,000 injured annually because someone was texting, e-mailing or talking on a mobile phone while driving.
  • Using a mobile phone while driving, whether it’s handheld or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent.
  • Driving while using a mobile phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent.
  • Drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves as those who don’t.
  • An estimated 11 percent of drivers are talking on cellphones while driving at any point during the day.

Information from Save a Life, Don't Text and Drive

Sexting

Philip Albert's Story

 

Philip Albert was a 17 year old who changed his life forever in a moment of anger. After a fight with his 16 year old girlfriend, the Orlando teenager sent a nude photo of her to over 70 people, including her teachers and parents.

As a result, "Phillip was arrested for distribution of child pornography, put on five years probation, and required to register on the public sex offender list. He was kicked out of college, can’t find a job, and can’t live with his father because his dad lives too close to a high school. As a registered sex offender, Phillip isn’t allowed to live near a school, playground, or a church. Unless his lawyer is successful in getting to court to take him off the list, he could remain on the registered sex offender list until he’s in his 40s."  (http://www.safeteens.com/)

A lesson or two can be learned from the Phillip Albert incident:

1. Avoid getting any nude or compromising photos taken by boyfriends, girlfriends or anyone else. Someone you love and trust today can easy turn into someone you hate and distrust in the future.

2. If you cannot get along with a former girlfriend or boyfriend, try to avoid them.

3. Don't use the Internet or anything else for revenge. This especially rings true when the revenge is a crime and involves pornography of any nature.

4. Stupid acts when you are young can affect you when you are older. Don't do them. If you think or suspect that an act if wrong, just don't do it.

(from Florida Child Injury Lawyer Blog)