Nude Instagram Trend Has Tampa Parents Worried

TAMPA, Fla. – While a local mother, S. Walston, was hosting a sleepover for her teenage daughter she heard about a shocking new Instagram trend.

In reference to the Instagram pages depicting nude photos of teens, Walston said that not only is it very sickening, it’s child pornography. Walston said that Instagram does take the page down within an hour, but the following evening a new page is posted under a different name.

What concerns Walston is that some groups of girls and guys are sending nude pictures of each other.

She told News Channel 8 that they take nude pictures of themselves and send them to each other, speaking of the Instagram pages that mention various Tampa Bay communities, including Brandon.

According to Walston, the pages can have 5,000 followers within five minutes.

Walston and a group of other moms reached out to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Instagram and the FBI, however, they never heard back from Instagram. Thus far, Walston and the other mothers have not filed a report with the HCSO, so the pages have yet to be investigated.

The pictures are being sent by old boyfriends, and some girls are sending them. There’s also pictures of boys, said Walston. She said that she’s been told that there are videos on the Instagram accounts.

Walston said that they talk all the time about sending nude photos. She doesn’t think that her kids would do it, but you never know, said Walston. She just wants it stopped. Her daughters aren’t involved but she knows that some of the kids at their school are involved.

Florida’s Child Pornography Statute

Transmitting child pornography via an electronic device is criminalized under Section 847.0137 of the Florida Statutes. Under this section, it’s illegal to transmit pornography by an electronic device or equipment if the person being depicted is a minor.

Under the law, anyone in the state of Florida who knowingly transmits child pornography on any electronic device is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable by:

  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • A fine up to $5,000

Are you facing criminal charges stemming from child pornography? If so, you are urged to contact a Tampa criminal defense attorney from Thomas & Paulk, P.A. right away. As former prosecutors who have successfully resolved thousands of cases, we are prepared to fight for you!