What is sexting?

Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages. They can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops – any device that allows you to share media and messages.

Sexting may also be called:

  • Nudes or nude selfies
  • Sexy pic or dirty pics
  • Pic for pic
  • Naked pics or nudes
  • Sexy / rude text message and videos

Although it may seem like everyone is doing it and just harmless fun; as soon as you send a naked pic or nudes you instantly lose control of what then happens with that image.

Even on snapchat a picture can be screenshot if expected, therefore think seriously before sending a nude selfie or video as you never know when such an image may resurface and what the implications of that picture could be in the future – such as for job applications, university applications.

Sexting and the Law

Taking a ‘sexy’ picture of yourself or someone else under the age of 18 is a criminal offence as it is basically making child sexual abuse images. Having that image on your phone, sending it to others and putting that image on a website are all criminal sexual offences too even if you both agreed to it taking the picture at the time.

Get Some Help

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Check out these helpful tips!

Find out what you need to think about before sending a sexual message, photo or video.

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Get an image removed from the internet

If you are under 18 and a nude image or video has been shared online, use the Childline Report Remove service to get it removed from the internet.

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