It's important to talk to your child about sexting- read on for tips on how to start the conversation
It is also known as sending a nudie, a nude selfie or cybersex.
Is it dangerous?
Blackmail - the person that was sent the sext could threaten to share the picture with other people including their family unless they do something in return, for example, givie them money or pressure them into unwanted sexual activity.
Bullying - if the picture is shared across their school or college or with their friends, they may get teased or bullied.
Unwanted attention - if the image is posted online they could attract unwanted attention from pedophiles who know how to search for these pictures and may pass them on to others or add to a pornographic site.
Is it illegal?
It is illegal to share or keep on a computer or phone an indecent picture or video of a person under 18, a young person could be prosecuted.
Why do they do it? Watch the video to listen to one mothers thoughts
What should I talk about with my child? Bring up the subject of sexting in a conversation or when it is mentioned in the news or on the TV, this normalises the conversation. Try to get your child to think about the following:
Why would someone send a sext? Do they really want to do this or are they under pressure to please another person? If someone really cared about someone would they pressure them to send a sext if they didn't want to?
What would happen if someone said no to sending a sext? Is this worse than if the sext was passed on and a young person was bullied or teased?
Could the sext be sent on? Relationships can change very quickly and it only takes seconds for a sext to be sent on. If the person who has received the sext decides to send it on others may store the sext and send it on further.
Could it turn nasty? If someone sends a sext that they do not want other people to see someone could use the picture to get them to do things they don't want, sexually or for money.
Could someone else get hold of it? Someones phone or computer/pad could be borrowed or stolen so the sext could be seen by someone else and passed on.
What happens if a child/young person shares a photo or video? If they decide to share a sext they are breaking the law and could be seen as taking part in child abuse.
Watch the CEOP video to listen to a mother talk about how she talked to her daughter about sexting.
What can you do if your child has posted a sext? If it has been posted onto someone else’s social networking account you will need to report this to the social networking site and if this content is breaking the rules of the site it should then be removed.
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