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Fivay sex scandal leaves social media questions

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We all see it: Teens are on their phones texting, sharing pictures and videos online. But do your kids - or even you as a parent – know some of the risks associated with social media?

Several teens in Pasco County are facing some serious charges right now because of a sex tape made inside their school.

It's no surprise our kids are fascinated by technology and use it constantly. In fact, according to a new survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, teens lead the nation in smartphone use.

However, at what point does it become too much? And in some cases could it tarnish their future?  These are all questions now being raised after news broke of a sex scandal at Fivay High School in New Port Richey.

One 17-year old student has been arrested and another is facing child porn charges for taping two students having sex in the school's media room. 

It's shocking to many that this happened, but what may be even worse is the video is likely still out there and being passed around via cell phone.

Detective Christopher Heaverin is with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He specializes in fighting child porn.

"The sharing, a lot of phones now you can link Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, all that to your cell phone. So you can send out a mass text, a mass message file to many different media options," he said.

Pasco deputies do believe some students at Fivay High still have the video on their phones. Those students could face serious charges for possession or distributing child porn.

Deputies are putting a warning out this morning to all parents. They say talk to your kids, monitor what they are doing and delete inappropriate material.

Det. Heaverin said the number one connection children have to predators is a computer, and it's often overlooked by parents. Local authorities are also really stressing right now that many teens don't realize the serious trouble and charges they could face for spreading certain material.

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