Another topic of intense debate is underage children sharing sexually explicit images with each other. Given the fact that many underage teenagers in the EU and U.S. are sexually active and many possess smartphones, there's been a rampant rise in teens trading sexually explicit video and pictures. According to laws in the U.S. and most of the EU, this is classified as "child pornography". Teens can face prison time, even if they were the same age, were only sharing with their significant other, and were not being malicious.
Making the matter worst, most teenagers are relatively ignorant about the law when it comes to such matters. And enforcement is inconsistent -- 999 out of a 1,000 or even 99,999 out of 100,000 "sexting" incidents go unreported or are dismissed by local law enforcement, but occasionally an unlucky teen actually has been sentenced to prison for such behavior.
Sources: Eric Schmidt/The Daily Mail, BBC News
quote: Pedophiles are vilified because they tend to put their sexual appetite ahead of the well-being of children.
quote: It is true that one psychologist controversially said that sexual activity between children and older people is not necessarily damaging -- that it's the negative social reaction that actually does the damage (shaming of the victim, et cetera) -- it must be recognized that our culture behaves this way.
quote: A responsible pedophile would manage her/his disorder by using virtual art (such as illustrations), something that Supreme Court ruled is legal.
quote: I am not an expert in this area
quote: As far as treatment goes... pedophilia is apparently incurable.