Inappropriate picture sharing troubling for city councilman

08/16/2013 10:39 AM

08/18/2013 5:45 PM

About 40 years ago when I worked at Fox Photo people sometimes would drop off film that when processed would reveal inappropriate sexual images.

Workers in the back shop would laugh as the pictures got passed around, but they never made it into the envelops for the customers to pick up with their orders. Computers and cellphones eliminate that kind of needed censorship.

Technology enables everyday people to do wildly inappropriate picture sharing. Sexting cost Anthony Weiner his seat in the U.S. House, and it is impairing his bid to become the next mayor of New York City.

In Kansas City, sexting has surfaced with City Councilman Michael Brooks admitting he made a “terrible mistake” sending sexually charged online messages to a woman. Brooks, 51, is the pastor at Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He’s married and a father of four children, The Kansas City Star reports.

Teens with wildly out-of-control hormones get busted for sexting. It’s not something many people would pin on middle-age adults especially ministers. But it is happening more and more.

The rule with cellphones and computer messaging that people should adhere to is never send anything to others or post anything anywhere on the Internet that you wouldn’t hang out as a full-color, building-size banner on busiest street corner because with the Internet, it could be seen and negatively dissected by millions of people.

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