The Nelson Police Department is sending out a warming to young people about photos on social media.

Nelson police warn youth about posting images online

City police are warning young people in the community of the dangers of posting compromising pictures of themselves online.

City police are warning young people in the community of the dangers of posting compromising pictures of themselves online.

After receiving some complaints to their Nelson Police Department office, including one last week, officers want to make sure the public is aware of the issue.

“Anyone under the age of 18 displayed as engaged in or depicted as engaged in an explicit sexual activity could be considered child pornography,” said Sgt. Dino Falcone of the NPD. “Kids out there might think it’s an innocent act but it’s actually a charge under the criminal code.”

That charge doesn’t necessarily apply to the person posting the photo but police advise that images sent via electronic means aren’t easily deleted. Once a person sends images the sender loses control of how those images are distributed.

Falcone pointed to the incident involving Amanda Todd. The Grade 10 Port Coquitlam girl killed herself after being cyber bullied over topless photos of her circled on the Internet.

“Stuff like that can happen anywhere,” he said. “This is not only something that can hurt a person or perhaps cause a person to commit suicide, there are charges attached to that.”

Sgt. Brian Weber said publication of these images could cause considerable problems, embarrassment and stress.

“What seems like a good idea today may cause regret tomorrow,” he said.

Last week’s incident involving a compromising photo is under investigation by the NPD.

 

Just Posted

Ex-MLA Evans pitches proportional representation

Advocates say about half of population is aware of referendum

Trail bus line readies to takeover Kelowna run

Silver City Stage Lines must have a booking site up by Sept. 30; two vehicles activated by Oct. 26

Balfour Golf Course ends 81-year drought at Boyd Cup

Balfour edged Granite Pointe and Birchbank by just one stroke

Nelson Leafs acquire forward Tyler Nypower

Nypower had 29 points last season

UPDATED: Four election forums planned for Nelson

The series begins with Candi-dating on Oct. 4 at the Nelson Library

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

East Kootenay town considers public smoking ban ahead of cannabis legalization

Under the proposed regulations, anyone caught smoking or vaping in public will face a $2000 fine

B.C. woman facing animal cruelty charges after emaciated dog seized

Kira, a Rottweiler, had kidney and bladder infections

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

Kim promised to accept international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and to visit Seoul soon.

Dozens speak at Vancouver hearing that could see duplexes replace single homes

The city clerk says 73 people signed up to speak at the hearing that began early Tuesday evening and adjourned hours later with 34 speakers still waiting.

North Carolina gov pleads with storm evacuees to be patient

The death toll rose to at least 37 in three states Tuesday, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina.

North and South Korea say they plan to bid for 2032 Olympics

Moon and Kim announced a sweeping set of agreements including a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

Russia’s reinstatement after doping scandal goes to a vote

The World Anti-Doping Agency is due to vote Thursday Sept. 20, 2018, on possible reinstatement of Russia.

Ontario wins stay on ruling that struck down council-cutting plan

The province had argued the stay was necessary to eliminate uncertainty surrounding the Oct. 22 vote, and the Court of Appeal agreed.

Most Read