Direction of Future Laws The overall trend on both the federal and state levels is toward broader definitions of child pornography with increased prosecutions and harsher penalties for those connected to it.
“The bad guys will be collecting this data live, automated, looking for motion and analyzing that motion to find incriminating photos of yourself.," Drew said.
The explosion of social media networks and the rise of the camera phone have created endless opportunities for anyone to share their self-portraits with the world.
This emerging technology is a natural fit for most teens and, generally, the worst offense they might commit is sharing too frequently.
Since merely viewing child pornography is illegal in many states, browsing a website or knowingly receiving illegal images would be criminal activity in those jurisdictions.
Other states' child pornography laws, however, have "possession" requirements that are somewhat archaic in the digital age.