Social medias and picture messaging make keeping in contact with others even easier.
But what if you're asked to send a sexual photo?
Did you know it's against the law for anyone to take or have a sexual photo of you if you're under 18, even if it's a selfie and also illegal to view sexual content which features anyone under 18. 16 is not the legal age to feature in a sexual image or video.
Sexting and what is it?
Sexting means sending or receiving texts of a sexual nature including;
Rude text messages
Videos underwear images
Sexting covers messages sent on phones , Messenger, Snapchat, Whatsapp etc. These messages could be between friends, boyfriend/girlfriend or someone you've met online.
Sexting happens easily as it's easy to become complacent and happens for a number of reasons;
Feel under pressure from others as 'everyone is doing it'
Looking for approval from someone
Feeling harassed , threatened or blackmailed to do so and feel it's easier to just give in.
Having a long distance or online relationship with someone
Think you 'owe' someone it or made to feel guilty if you don't do what they ask you for.
They've sent you one and ask 'where's mine'
Once these messages are sent you cannot control what happens to them and things can easily go wrong. Never let someone pressure you into sexting or make you feel guilty. If you're under 18 it's illegal, if someone pressures you into taking a photo or you share a photo of a sexual nature with someone it is breaking the law.
Police have powers to decide the best action whether to record the incident or take further action.
The law is there to help and protect you, not punish you.
Think before you send or post, it could be posted anywhere on the internet such as social networks or pornographic sites. Would you want parents/ family members, teachers or friends seeing it?
Remember even with platforms such as Snapchat a screenshot can be taken quickly and very easily. If you have sent images, don't panic! talk to someone about the situation - mum/dad/carer/school teacher.
Have an honest conversation with the person you sent it to, ask them to delete it. If an indecent or nude image of yourself is posted online, contact the website directly and make a report online to get it removed.
You're not alone there are people who can help. Even if you're over 18 and someone has shared a naked /sexual image of you without your consent they are breaking the law.