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Children and teenagers
navigating an "adult world"
may be unwittingly providing
material for paedophiles, police and
Underage "sexting" -- sending
nude or nearly nude images via
mobile phones or the internet -- is
a growing concern for police, who
fear teenagers casual attitudes to
the increasingly popular practice
have lead to enormous under-
reporting of what is a criminal
Sexual Crime Investigation
Branch Detective Superintendent
Phil Hoff said people who took the
images and those who sent them
could face charges of producing and
disseminating child pornography,
which carries a penalty of up to
12 years jail.
In Australia, girls as young as
eight have been reported sexting,
but even without the strong arm
of the law, the damage from the
practice is widespread in a cyber
world where nothing ever really
"Reputations can be destroyed by
it, it can impact on job applications
down the track ... or something they
thought was an intimate exchange
of information can turn into
something far more sinister," Supt
"Those images can soon find their
way onto the web and this sort of
thing is the fodder of paedophiles.
People don t think they are
contributing to the appetite of these
people ... it is dangerous on so many
Relatively unheard of five years
ago, sexting has been increasing
across Australia and overseas.
A recent study by Flinders
University found 15 per cent of
13-17-year olds have sent sexually
revealing photos via phone
or internet. A 2007 survey by
Girlfriend magazine put the number
at almost a third.
A US study found more than half
of teenage girls who had posted
nude images online had done so
because of pressure from a male,
and 15 per cent of all surveyed said
they had sent explicit images to
someone they only knew online.
SA Police have addressed 16
sexting offences in the past year,
five involving teenagers.
"I suspect that it is far, far wider
than what we are made aware of,"
Supt Hoff said. "We expect to see
more and more people harmed by
this sort of activity."
New media expert Jackie Cook,
from the University of South
Australia, said the rise in sexting
could be explained by increasingly
younger children trying to navigate
a highly sexualised adult world.
"Young girls are starting to
explore their sexual power and they
have very good communication
skills, and those come together very
readily," she said.
"The other problem is that
because these are usually [sent
using] personal networks, it is
considered in the back of the mind
as something private."
Women s advocate Melinda
Tankard-Reist said nude photo
scandals of tween startlets,
including High School Musical s
Vanessa Hudgens, had normalised
"Young women are getting the
message they need to adopt porn
poses ... to be considered cool. She
thinks she has to attract male atten-
tion to be acceptable and validated
as a woman," she said.
"It s a twisted version of empow-
erment, Girls Gone Wild-style."
Sexting has received another
high-level endorsement by
Ke$ha, who has collaborated with
Taio Cruz on a song with the refrain
"Take a dirty picture for me".
That song is sitting at No.16 on
the ARIA charts and receiving
plenty of prime-time play.
Ms Tankard-Reist, author
of Getting Real: Challenging
Sexulisation of Girls, said schools
should have mandatory sessions to
warn teens of the dangers of sexting.
She said parents also needed to be
more engaged with their teen s use
Ms Cook said society rules and
ethics had not yet caught up with
technology and called for an open
"Parents have never dealt with
sexting and are shocked to discover
subteens doing it, but we need to
start dealing with the issue that
children are not a sex-free zone,"
"Not dealing with it means that
those who are most vulnerable are
most exposed. It s an instance of a
much bigger thing that s happening
... we have a culture that allows
huge amounts of sexual expressiv-
Supt Hoff said those affected
by sexting should not be afraid to
approach the police.
"People have the idea the police
will be heavy-handed and race eve-
ryone off to court, but we provide
options for people and information
to make their decisions," he said.
Sexting offences can also be
reported online at www.thinku-
know.org.au, which also provides
tips for online safety for parents and
Dunedin is a relatively small city
on New Zealand s South Island.
A fifth of the 125,000-strong
population are students at the local
University of Otago.
Apart from being the home of
the world s steepest street, it has
little international claim to fame,
but it is about to show up Adelaide
in a big way.
In one year, the city will unveil a
new, multi-purpose, roofed stadium
completed for less than $158
million (including land costs) -- just
over a third of the estimated cost
of the Adelaide Oval redevelop-
The actual construction cost for
The Forsyth Barr Stadium, which
will host matches in the 2011 Rugby
World Cup, is just $95 million.
The roof is made from ETFE,
the same material used to build the
Water Cube in Beijing, and forms
about $15.8 million of the total cost.
Just 2km from the CBD, the venue
will seat up to 31,000 and organis-
ers joke it may be the first stadium
in the world to be delivered on time
and on budget.
More than three-quarters of
the funding has come from the
government and local and regional
councils. David Davies, CEO
of stadium managers Dunedin
Venues, said every effort was
made to keep costs to a minimum
while still delivering a world-class
"It was a major thrust and a
fundamental provision for the city
to recognise we can t afford delays
or cost blowouts," he said.
Chairman of Carisbrook
Stadium Charitable Trust Malcom
Farry has co-ordinated the project
from its inception. He said its
on-cue delivery was all a matter of
attitude and good management.
"From day one we undertook to
meet a budget with no variation
from it and we engaged top
consultants determined that there
were no overruns -- and we have had
an extremely vigilant overview to
ensure that happens," he said.
"It is an attitude of mind from the
people driving and working on the
Adelaide Oval s U-shaped
stadium redevelopment will seat
50,000 and cost at least $535 million,
a blowout of $85 million from the
originally promised $450 million.
Other parts of the redevelop-
ment, including the $20 million
bridge across the Torrens, have
been moved into other State
Government budget lines.
The Stadium Management
Authority told a parliamentary
inquiry earlier this year that its
dream oval plan would have cost
more than $700 million.
The Forsyth Barr Stadium will be
built at a cost of around $5100 per
seat, compared with $10,700 per seat
for the Adelaide Oval -- or $35,600
for each seat needed to expand
Adelaide Oval s capacity from
35,000 to 50,000.
Those involved in the Dunedin
project expressed surprise when
told of the cost of Adelaide Oval,
despite the additional size and
"Not that many stadiums peak
at $700 million," Mr Farry said.
"Three-quarters of a billion sounds
astronomical if you re not complet-
ing an enclosure or covering it."
He said the Adelaide Oval design
may also create wind tunnels
that could significantly influence
On the other side of the world,
Dublin has demolished and rebuilt
a new stadium for $593 million.
All of Aviva Stadium s 51,700
seats are covered, compared with
the 77 per cent coverage planned
for Adelaide Oval. The four-tiered
stadium has corporate, catering and
media facilities to rival the best in
the world and was opened in May.
Kiwi stadium makes mockery of Adelaide plan
An artist's impression of the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Photo: Dunedin Venues
Sexting worries police
Popstar Ke$ha endorses 'sexting' in her
lastest song, "Dirty Picture".
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