When school officials in Santa Fe, Texas, confiscated dozens of student cell phones in May as they searched for nude photos of two junior high-school girls that were forwarded to numerous students, the incident sparked national attention. But shocking as that incident was, school safety experts say it was merely part of a larger trend that has many parents and educators concerned.

Passing notes in study hall seems quaint by comparison: Nowadays, teenagers nationwide are snapping naked pictures of themselves on their cell phones and sending them to their boyfriends and girlfriends.

Similar cases have been reported in Alabama, Connecticut, New Jersey,


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