TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Legislation aimed at curtailing “sexting” by New Jersey teens will go before a state Assembly panel this week.

The measure, part of a three-bill package, would help juveniles avoid criminal prosecution for sending sexually explicit photographs via their cell phones.

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Instead, they would have to attend a program where they would learn about the potential state and federal legal consequences and penalties for sexting, which technically amounts to distribution of child pornography.

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Participants also would learn its personal costs–including the effect on relationships, school life and the loss future employment opportunities.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the measure Monday.

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