WHAT IS SEXTING?
Sexting is when you send sexual messages or photos and/or videos of yourself or another person to someone else.
WHAT DOES SEXTING INCLUDE?
There are many different ways sext. These include:
1. Sending partly or completely naked photos/videos.
2. Posing in sexual positions
3. Sending nudes or imaged/videos of 'private parts'.
4. Talking about sexual thinks you are doing or want to do.
5. Doing sexual things on a live stream.
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I SENT A NUDE BUT IT'S OKAY - I DELETED IT STRAIGHT AWAY!
I've deleted all the sexting messages, photos and videos so that's it - nobody will be able to see them ever again. Are you sure? Before sending a message, photo or video of yourself or someone else, think about whether you would be ok with everyone else seeing it. If you share a 'nude' or 'underwear shot' even with someone you trust, you are not able to control who they send it to or where they save it. It could end up online for everyone to see it.
IS SEXTING LEGAL?
If you are under the age of 18 it is against the law to send nude photographs or sexual videos of you to someone else. It is also against the law for anyone to save or share a nude photograph or sexual video of you, even if they are under 18 too.
If you are over the age of 18 it is also illegal to send, as well as ask, a young person under the age of 18 to send a nude photograph or sexual video.
REPORTING A SEXUAL IMAGE OR VIDEO
Some of the ways you can report a sexual image or video are:
1. CONTACT CEOP
CEOP is an abbreviation fo Child Exploitation and Online Protection. CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and works to pursue and prosecute child sex offenders.
2. REOPRT IT
Make a report on the social media platform where the image or video is shared. Use Net Aware to learn how to do this on different social networks, apps and games.