Focus at Four: Calling kids "sexting" what it is--a legal problem

When a minor sends a minor a nude photo, "sexting" becomes a euphemism.

Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons reminds teenagers that child pornography is the creation of sexually explicit content involving children under 18, and any form of that sort of content opens the perpetrator up to potential legal action.

"Yes, child pornography charges are a possibility, depending on the situation" said Parsons, "but there are several other statutes that could be violated with this kind of activity."

Parsons says, it's best just not to take the chance.

Jamilia Blake is an educational psychologist from the Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development. She studies how children respond in peer situations.

Blake has some advice for parents who want to talk to their kids about sending nude photos: "Don't use a fear-based method."

Instead, Blake says talk to your child about healthy relationship and behaviors that cross a comfort line.

In Caldwell I.S.D., school administrators aren't shying away from the topic of pornography. Just days ago, the district hosted a program called "Fight the New Drug," which broached the topic.

Superintendent Andrew Peters says, educators must educate in whatever capacity they can. Especially because Peters says he's seen this as a growing issue in his district and beyond.

"Sure, there's detention and ISS," said Peters, "but mostly our role is to educate students and parents on how to deal with this new problem."

For more from Parsons, Blake and Peters, see the video player above.