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Sexting involves sending and receiving sexual pictures, messages or videos.

It’s commonly done through messaging on a mobile phone or through social media channels such as Facebook and Snapchat.

It’s very important to understand the risks and legislation around sexting.

Risks of sexting

Once you send a message, video or image of yourself, be aware that it can easily get into the wrong hands.

The person you trusted and sent the message to can easily share or show it to whoever they want. If you send it to your partner and you argue or break-up, will you still trust them with your privacy?

Sadly we often see ex-partners sharing private images and messages for revenge, which often causes knock on effects for the victim such as bullying and harassment.

They may also lose their phone or have their social media account hacked, which could mean others could see your private messages.

Once an image is on the internet, it can be copied by anyone and even appear on sexual chat sites and forums.

The law around sexting

It’s against the law to hold a sexual photo or video of a person under the age of 18, even if it’s a selfie and even if you’re the same age.

Visit the Protection of Children Act 1978 for more information (opens in a new window).

Further advice and support on sexting

For more advice on what to do if you’re feeling pressured to send sexual messages or how to report sexting on social media you can visit;

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