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Sexting

Sexting

Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages. They can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops - any device that allows you to share media and messages. Sexting may also be called: 

  • trading nudes
  • dirties
  • pic for pic.

 

What the law says

gavel illustrationSexting can be seen as harmless, but creating or sharing explicit images of a child is illegal, even if the person doing it is a child. A young person is breaking the law if they:

    • take an explicit photo or video of themselves or a friend
    • share an explicit image or video of a child, even if it’s shared between children of the same age
    • possess, download or store an explicit image or video of a child, even if the child gave their permission for it to be created.

 

However, as of January 2016 in England and Wales, if a young person is found creating or sharing images, the police can choose to record that a crime has been committed but that taking formal action isn't in the public interest.

Crimes recorded this way are unlikely to appear on future records or checks, unless the young person has been involved in other similar activities which may indicate that they're a risk.

 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting/

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/

http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/sexting

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