Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater
Teenagers who have grown up in the world of cell phones and social networking don't always appreciate the significant downside of offering too much information about themselves. More so than ever, once that information is out, there is no getting it back.
Technology, and the wayward use of it, also is usually ahead of the law. A classic example is "sexting," in which some young people send out photos of themselves in various stages of undress.
'Sexting' is foolish and even dangerous, but it shouldn't be considered a felony. But until state lawmakers acted recently to put a reasonable law on the books, some prosecutors had overreached by charging "sexting" teens under felony-level child pornography statutes - a scorched-earth approach that could ruin a young person's life.
Under the new law, people between 12 and 17 who engage in "sexting" may be charged with a low-level misdemeanor or summary offense, depending on the circumstances. Offenders may enter an educational program, rather than jail, after which their records will be cleared.
It gives juveniles an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and ensures that the medicine is not worse than the disease.