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Key Fact

What is sexting?

Sexting is posting online or sending, sexual messages or naked or semi-naked photos / video clips via any digital device.

Top Tips


  • When you post or send a photo electronically through the Internet you loose control of the image.
  • Have fun with photos online but don’t post or send anything you wouldn’t want your parents or carers to see.
  • If someone is pestering you to send them a naked selfie, say no and tell a trusted adult.
  • If you receive a naked picture of someone, delete it immediately, keeping it is an offence. Tell a trusted adult.
  • It is a criminal offence to take, have, post or send an indecent image of a child, even if it is a selfie.
  • An indecent image of a child is any naked or semi-naked picture of a person under 18. It is one of the most serious sexual offences that can be committed. It is always taken very seriously by the Police.
  • If you have shared something you regret or are being bullied because of it, it’s never too late to get help.

Things to Make You Think!

  • A large proportion of indecent selfies, posted on the Internet, end up in the collections of child sex offenders.
  • The police are able to retrieve images from mobile phones or other electronic devices even when they have been deleted.
  • Boys and girls who choose to send naked selfies to someone they are dating should consider what may happen to the pictures if they break up. Some young people have sent these photos to others in their address book causing terrible embarrassment and affecting their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend for years to come.
  • Many young people who have sent naked selfies have ended up being bullied or blackmailed.
  • Reporting abuse or bullying behaviour will help make it stop.
  • Social networking accounts can be targeted by online hackers; they can go into people’s messages to download images they have sent to others privately.
  • If a young person is investigated by the Police for the offence of making, sending or posting an indecent image of a child (under 18) the consequences are far reaching. They could be placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for life. This would impact on any future employment and travel. If a future employer asks for a police check, to see if they are suitable for a job, any crime they are linked to could be disclosed.


Your School Community Police Officer will help you know

  • how to avoid misusing digital technology by sexting and
  • what the consequences are for choosing to make, send, post or store naked selfies.

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Question and Answer

Question: I have received a lot of naked photos of people I know in school; my friend told me this is illegal? Is this true and what should I do?
Answer: Yes, it is illegal to make, send or post any indecent images of a young person under the age of 18. This includes self-generated images. It is an offence to store such images on an electronic device and there are serious penalties for those caught with them. You should immediately delete these images off your phone and talk to a trusted adult.
Question: I sent a naked photo of myself to my boyfriend and I am worried now that he may show it to someone else. What can I do?
Answer: Once you send an image you lose control of it forever. There is no guarantee where the image may end up. Tell your boyfriend that it was a mistake and that you want him to delete it from his phone immediately. Tell him it was illegal to send such an image and it is an offence for him to have such an image on his phone. If you are still worried or concerned you should tell a trusted adult.
Question: In my school it is popular to send naked selfies to a boyfriend or girlfriend. I don’t see any harm in taking a topless photo to help my boyfriend fit in with his mates. What could go wrong?
Answer: Pupils in your school are breaking the law if they are sending naked selfies. A topless photo of someone under the age of 18 is in law an indecent image of a child. There are serious penalties for making, sending or posting such images. You need to think what may happen to your photo once you send it, as you will lose control of it forever! This image may be passed on to others and could cause you embarrassment for many years to come. If you are experiencing peer pressure it may help to talk to a trusted adult, who can help make other pupils aware that they are breaking the law, making themselves vulnerable to exploitation.
Question: I broke up with my girlfriend last week. When we were going out I sent her a naked picture which she has now posted on Facebook. I am now being bullied by people in school. I am so ashamed, what can I do?
Answer: You can contact Facebook and ask them to remove it. What your ex-girlfriend has done is a criminal offence. It is called distributing an indecent image of a child, because you are under 18. You need to speak to a trusted adult. Tell them what you are experiencing, they will be able to help stop the bullying and offer you the support you are going to need to get through this experience.
Question: Someone told me that if I am going to share naked selfies it’s best to use Snapchat because these images only last 10 seconds before they are deleted. Is this true?
Answer: Snapchat is a social networking app that allows images to be shared between people. When an image is received it stays on the screen for up to 10 seconds before it is automatically deleted. However, it is possible to make a screen snatch and to record the image sent. Then it can be stored or resent. It is never advisable to send naked images electronically using any networking site or app as it is always possible to save these images. It is illegal to make or send such images or store or re-send them. Have a chat with a trusted adult.
Question: An older boy in year 11 at school has been sending me flirty texts. I have really started to fancy him. This week the messages have become more sexual. He’s asking for a photo of me in my underwear. Should I go along with this as I don’t want to put him off?
Answer: The messages you have received of a sexual nature are called sexting. This boy has tried to gain your trust and may be using this to sexually exploit you. You should never do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. Sending a semi-naked photo is a serious offence in law. He will be breaking the law if he has such an image on his phone. These are very serious offences and could have far reaching consequences. Make sure to speak about to someone you trust.

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