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Sexting is when a person takes an indecent image of themselves and sends it to someone via their mobile phone, usually a boyfriend/girlfriend or somebody they’re ‘seeing’.

It’s usually referred to as sending or receiving naked, dirty or rude pictures or underwear shots.

The risks of sexting

The pictures could get into the wrong hands. It could be the person loses their phone which has the images on.

Another common example is when someone posts images they’ve received from their boyfriend/girlfriend after the relationship has ended for revenge or for a ‘laugh’.

They can be posted online or even sent to friends or to the person’s employer.

If a picture is posted to the internet it can be copied by anybody. The Child exploitation and Online Protection team have even seen ‘self-taken’ indecent images appearing in paedophile chat rooms. 

Know the law

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

As well as the legal consequences, ‘sexting’ can cause both emotional and reputational damage.
Think before you take a picture - would you be happy for your family or employer to see it? 

Report it

If you’re concerned someone is sending you indecent images of children or young people under 18, report it to Think U Know or Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
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