“High schooler calls for AI regulations after manipulated pornographic images of her and others shared online”

For the past five years, I’ve been addressing the impact of AI-generated nude images in my full-day professional trainings, and over the last year, I’ve extended these discussions to my parent trainings. The rise of AI has provided our youth with easy access to creating highly realistic images of people they know. Consider the scenario of being in high school and hearing that a nude image of you is circulating among students. Despite knowing you never took or sent such an image, rumors and the visual content spread throughout the school. The administration, police, and finally your parents become involved. After an investigation, the image is determined to be AI-generated, bringing some relief. However, a new challenge arises: who is responsible for convincing all other students that the image is not you and is fake? How do you face school the next day, walking through the halls with everyone perceiving you differently?

This exact situation occurred to a 14-year-old at a New Jersey high school, along with 30 other girls. It’s an incredibly tough but very real situation our kids face today. We must learn to guide our children through unexpected experiences. Simultaneously, it’s crucial to teach our kids not to engage in creating AI-altered content of anyone. Establishing clear family beliefs, rules, and expectations becomes paramount, and these principles should be reinforced daily in various forms. Additionally, integrating discussions on AI ethics into our conversations with youth is essential to help them navigate the complexities of the digital age responsibly.

Ryan