School Districts Grappling with AI-Generated Pornographic Images of Students

AI is being used to “undress” images of students or put their faces on pornographic images, which are then passed around the school.

School Districts Grappling with AI-Generated Pornographic Images of Students

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The recent popularity of AI-powered chatbots like ChatGPT has resulted in many school districts facing a new security threat: nude AI-generated images of teen girls.

The trend appears to have begun last fall in New Jersey at Westfield High School when at least 30 female students there were victimized by one of their classmates who used AI, also known as artificial intelligence, to put their faces on pornographic images, reports ABC7NY. In response, the district quickly suspended the student responsible for creating the images.

In Seattle, an Issaquah High School student used a web-based AI app to “undress” or “nudify” some of his female classmates, reports TweakTown. The photos were then passed around the school, but the school didn’t immediately notify authorities. Instead, police were notified by three parents separately.

In February, 16 eighth graders at Beverly Vista Middle School in Beverly Hills, California, were victimized when some of their classmates used AI to create nude images of the girls. Like in the New York and Washington cases, the images were also passed around the school. The five Beverly Vista Middle School students responsible for the creation and dissemination of the images were expelled.

Similar cases have happened at other schools in California, including Calabasas High School,  Laguna Beach High School, and Fairfax High School, reports ABC7.

Lawmakers Are Looking to Address AI-Generated Child Porn

“All school districts are grappling with the challenges and impact of artificial intelligence and other technology available to students at any time and anywhere,” Raymond González, superintendent of Westfield Public Schools, said in the statement to the New York Times.

In response, some states are considering the passage of bills that would target AI-generated child porn, including California, Illinois, and Washington. Additionally, attorneys general from all 50 states wrote a bipartisan letter to Congress asking it to “study the means and methods of [AI] used to exploit children” and to “propose solutions to deter and address such exploitation to protect America’s children,” reports The Hill.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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One response to “School Districts Grappling with AI-Generated Pornographic Images of Students”

  1. Sgt. JNW, Ret. says:

    I generally hesitate to ask Congress to do anything but in the case of AI generated nudity of children there may be no other realistic choice. But however the situation is addressed, state or federal, the punishment must fit the crime. A person who generates a nude picture of another, and distributes it publicly , has done more than create an uncomfortable situation for the victim. Suspending or expelling a student for this act is not a serious enough punishment since the student will either be let back in school, or be transferred to another school. A more realistic solution might be, for example, a very substantial civil fine born by the perpetrator, or his/her legal guardian, with the monetary proceeds being given to the injured party. These kinds of acts can damage reputations (critical for a teenager) or create mental injuries similar to PTSD requiring counseling, change of school or location for the victim and family. A punishment without teeth is not a punishment.

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