Having, taking, or sharing an inappropriate picture of someone under the age of 18 is considered child pornography. You and your friends can be prosecuted as sex offenders. California also has “revenge porn” laws which criminalize uploading sexually explicit pictures or video of someone without their consent. Don’t take those kinds of pictures, don’t share them, and don’t ask other people to take them.
Especially as some of you are applying to colleges or jobs, you do not want your web presence to seem irresponsible. You want to walk into your interviews confident, not worried that the person interviewing you has seen pictures of you being messy. Maybe it’s not fair that your professional life is judged by your personal life, but it’s a reality.
Again, because creepers. You don’t want people seeing where you were when you posted that facebook status or sent that message. You can also check out Spokeo to see what information is available about you, then go to their opt out page to remove your listing and any information about yourself. Spokeo, and other websites that gather personal information, are also in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act for selling personal information to companies.