Sexting involves sending a sexual text, image (nudes) or video. Once you send out an image though, you can’t control what happens to it. Consequently, sexting can lead you to feelings of exposure, anxiety, embarrassment and guilt. It can also lead to bullying, blackmail and harm. If you’re under age 18, sexting is illegal and it remains illegal even when the person in the image, text or video turns past age 18, if the image was taken when the person was under age 18.
If you are passed on a sexual image or video THINK BEFORE YOU SEND… DON’T SHARE….. DON’T PASS IT ON! Instead think about how the person in the sext might feel if other people saw their image or the video. What could the consequences be for them? For you? Be aware.
If you wish to get an explicit image removed, you can report the image to the hosting site and Net Aware give information about reporting to social media providers. You can also notify CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) of the incident if the person may be at risk of harm.
Childline and the NSPCC at http://www.nspcc.org.uk offer practical and legal advice about sexting and other issues like bullying, online grooming, sex and how to look after your digital footprint.
Click on this video link to view a video by Childline which offers practical advice about sexting. If you want to learn more about sexting or want to talk to someone about it, you can call Childline free on 0800 1111. You can also download the Zipit app at https://www.childline.org.uk