Did you know that more than half of those who received a naked picture from someone they knew sent it on to a friend?

 What is sexting?

cropped-sexting-still-5.pngThis involves sending and receiving naked pictures, underwear shots, sexual pictures, rude text messages or videos.

Sexting is becoming incredibly common among young people and unfortunately it can cause a great amount of upset.

spread_bgImages often sent in good faith between two people can quickly spread and before you know it, images could have been viewed hundreds of times, even by people you don’t know.

If you are feeling pressured to sext because of a belief that everyone is doing it or because of a desire to impress, remember that once you press ‘send’ you are not in full control of where that image might end up.

The legal bit: If you’re under 18 it’s against the law for anyone to take or have a sexual photo of you, even if you took the picture yourself. 

For helpful information including what to do if you have sent a sext, visit Childline 

If you have been a victim of blackmail or bullying as a result of sexting, please call the police on 101.

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