Parents have been taking photos like the one at left for as long as there have been cameras, and for years have shown these playful shots proudly to their friends and family.
But in our new “to catch a predator” age, our innocence has been replaced with fear and disgust. Now anyone photographing a child, even their own children, is a potential child pornographer.
In our June issue (out now), Contributing Editor Neal Matthews explores several cases where photos taken with the intention of documenting the playful exuberance of youth have landed mothers, fathers and even grandmothers in jail, in debt, divorced, devastated, and humiliatingly branded for life as a sex offender. Read the full article here.