Child safety proposals up for debate next year include measures that would bar teens from sexting and require people who operate a daycare in their homes to have parents' written permission to spank their children.
The bills are among those prefiled by legislators on a children's committee that includes House members, senators, and the heads of agencies that oversee children's issues, including education, social services, and juvenile justice.
"The mission of all of these bills is to increase child safety and protection and advocacy," said Rep. Joan Brady, R-Columbia.
She hopes an anti-sexting law would educate parents to the problem, and help teens understand the negative emotional repercussions. The term refers to the sending of sexually explicit photos by cell phones or computers, in what can constitute cyber bullying.
"Technology has outpaced our awareness," said Brady, who did not know of a sexting case in South Carolina.