Sexting and sending nudes
Sexting is when someone sends sexually explicit messages, photos, or videos to someone else through their phone or other electronic devices. This can include messages, pictures or videos that are meant to be flirtatious or sexual in nature.
This can be a risky behaviour. You might not think that someone would use this against you, but it is a possibility. This is common in toxic or abusive relationships where the person could use the images, videos or messages to pressure you into doing something you don’t feel uncomfortable with, or to try and have control over you.
It is illegal to send naked images and videos of, or to, people under 18. If you are under 18 you should not be sending or receiving images even if you are in a relationship with this person.
5 things to consider:
- Sending or receiving a nude when you are under 18 is against the law.
- Images sent via social media apps such as Snapchat can be screenshotted and saved.
- Do you feel like you are being pressured into it?
- Think about why you want to send this, and how you’ll feel if they shared it.
- How would you feel if your parents, carers, teachers or friends saw it?
It’s important to think carefully before engaging in any type of sexting and to always consider the possible consequences. If you’re ever unsure about whether something is appropriate to send or share, it’s probably best to not do it.
Cyberflashing is when someone sends another person an unwanted photo or video of their genitals. This is commonly known as a ‘dick pic’. This is sexual harassment and can be distressing and intimidating.
It is illegal to send images like this to people under 18. If you receive an image, block the sender, and speak to a trusted adult. You can also report it to the social media platform or website.< Back to Advice