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Sexting is when a person takes an indecent image of themselves and sends it to a friend or boy/girlfriend via their mobile phone.

Sexting IconThink before you send...

If you share an image of yourself online by photo, text or video, via your phone, tablet or computer always think first, "would I be ok with anyone and everyone seeing this?"

Any image of yourself that you send, can and might be shared by the person you sent it to. Once you press send, it is no longer in your control.

If you share a 'nude' or 'underwear shot' even with someone you trust, you are not able to control who they forward it to or where they save it. It can be sent on to anyone or posted anywhere on the internet. It could end up on social networking sites or even porn sites.

You should never feel pressured to send an image of yourself to anyone. Think about why someone would want you to do this. Once they have your image, they have it forever and could even use it against you.

Once taken and sent, the sender has no control over what then happens to the image and it could be sent to anyone i.e. an employer, friends or even a paedophile.

Sexting & The Law

Anyone who has or passes on indecent images of someone under 18 is actually breaking the law. Encouraging or inciting someone to take or send 'sexts' can also be illegal.

As well as the legal consequences, there are other harmful aspects to 'sexting' including the emotional and reputational damage it can cause. Think before you take a picture - would you be happy for your family, employer or local police officer to see it?

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