Sending a sexual text, image or video can be dangerous if shared with the wrong person.
Once you send a message, you're not in control of what happens to it. Even if it’s posted online we can help. Here's some advice about sexting.
Please find below information sourced from Childline.
What is Sexting?
When people talk about sexting, they usually mean sending and receiving:
- naked pictures or 'nudes'
- 'underwear shots'
- sexual or 'dirty pics'
- rude text messages or videos.
They can be sent to or from a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone you've met online.
Sexting can easily happen. Things can go wrong – even when you didn't mean for them to.
Is Sexting Illegal?
When you’re under 18 it’s against the law for anyone to take or have a sexual photo of you – even if it’s a selfie.
This means that if you pressure someone into taking a photo or you share a sexual photo with someone, you’re breaking the law. The police have the power to decide whether it’s for the best to record what’s happened or to take things further. But the law is there to protect young people, not punish them.
REPORTING SEXTING OR BULLYING ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
VIDEOCHAT SITES - When using video chat sites like Skype, Omegle and ooVoo, the person you’re talking to can record or screenshot your conversation without your knowledge. . Video chat sites can’t delete images or videos that have been screenshotted or recorded. This is because they’re saved directly to the person’s phone or tablet. Check each site's reporting and blocking functions before you start using it
Some sites, like Skype, let you report the person if this has happened to you though. You may also be able to block someone so that they cannot talk to you anymore.