Special to the I-O By Dianna Kersey
A father sees that his daughter’s cell phone has just received a text message. He looks down to see what it says and he reads the acronym, NIFOC. He shrugs his shoulders thinking nothing about what it means and continues on with his day. What he didn’t realize was that the acronym stood for “naked in front of computer” which is a common sexting term.
What is Sexting?
It’s not only inappropriate; it’s illegal and can lead to a federal sex offender charge on your teenager. Sexting is defined as: the act of sending, opening or storing sexually explicit messages, photographs or videos, primarily between mobile phones via text messages. Cell phones are prolific among pre-teens and teenagers nowadays; you can hardly see a teen without one and is using it constantly - but that is another topic altogether. Today’s question is: as their parent, do you really know what your kids are texting?
It is currently a felony for children to send such messages, and violators could end up on the state’s sex offender registry. Legal cases of sexting, both images taken and sent, as well as images opened and circulated are occurring all over the country and legislators are scrambling to address the topic.
It’s Considered Child Pornography and Prosecuted As Such
Parry Aftab is an Internet Privacy & Security Lawyer and one of the leading experts worldwide, on cybercrime, Internet privacy and cyber-abuse issues, especially when it comes to children. According to Ms. Aftab, “images taken of an individual under the age of 18 by an individual under the age of 18 can be constituted as child pornography.” Attorney Aftab went on to explain that “If you take a picture of yourself or another individual under the age of 18 and send it, you can then be accused of distributing child pornography. If you keep a copy of that picture on your cell phone or computer, you can be charged with possessing child pornography. Once charged with those offenses, you will be registered as a sex offender.”
GRAND MARSHALS — Jake and Martha Egeler have been selected to be the Grand Marshals of the Big Parade on Saturday as part of the Conrad Lions Club 70th Whoop-Up Trail Days Celebration. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
If just for this weekend, lets have some of the sun’s rays beam down for the weekend in Conrad.
As if the whole world didn’t already know, the Conrad Lions Club will be hosting their 70th annual Whoop-Up Trail Days Celebration on June 5-6.
Leading into a weekend of incredible rodeo and fun filled activities to occupy the entire family, the Ringling Five band, sponsored by the Pondera Arts Council (PAC) is making their second gig here at the Orpheum Theatre/Wiegand Auditorium.
They open the doors to Whoop-Up with two shows of cowboy music, jokes and stories on June 3.
They will hit the stage at 6-8 p.m.
Friday morning the golfers occupy the scene for the fourth annual Whoop-Up four person scramble at the Pondera Golf Club.
MEMORIAL DAY — These are just some of the many headstones decorated and adorned with the American flag for the Memorial Day services honoring veterans on Monday morning at the cemetery. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
A good number of people came out to the cemetery on Monday to observe Memorial Day services presented by the VFW Post, American Legion and their Auxiliaries.
The audience was treated to another fine talk by Lt. Col. Steve Ziadie from Malmstrom AFB. He has been a guest speaker before.
In his opening remarks, he noted, “…it is indeed an honor to be invited back here to speak to you on this Memorial Day.”
He jumped right into his talk by saying, “Today, I’m not going to insult you by talking to you about the significance of this day nor what it means to America. By your very presence here today, you already know what this day means and there is little else that my stumbling, bumbling words can add that would strengthen that understanding.”