If your child has sent a nude, what steps should you take and what support can you expect from local agencies? Our experts provide insight on this and more about the law, sexting and tips to manage the situation. Most schools will make a judgement on whether to involve outside agencies such as the police but it is important that parents are involved in the discussions and whether support, further education or punishment is most appropriate. Each sexting incident is different and it is important that schools deal with them appropriately on a case by case basis. Many sexting incidents are now dealt with in this way. However, for more serious incidents for example, deliberately sharing an image to abuse, using the image to coerce or exploit the victim prosecution may still take place. The latter is the least likely, as most sexual images are shared via SnapChat which limits the time of visibility. School pastoral or safeguarding staff will usually meet with all of the parties who are involved in the sexting. This might mean sharing information with equivalent staff at another school, should one of the young people attend a different setting. The staff members will interview the students and ascertain if there has been any coercion involved in obtaining the image as well as assessing age difference and whether there is a bullying or abusive dimension to the incident.
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Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it. Girls may sext as a joke, as a way of getting attention, or because of peer pressure or pressure from guys. Guys sometimes blame "pressure from friends. And teens get some backup for that when lewd celebrity pictures and videos go mainstream. Instead of ruined careers or humiliation, the consequences are often greater fame and reality TV shows. Teens should understand that messages, pictures, or videos sent via the Internet or smartphones are never truly private or anonymous.
Updated August Washington passes new teen sexting law. On April 24, , Gov. We have published a new article with additional information about the new law. Skip to main content. EG that a minor can be charged with distribution of child pornography for taking and sending a picture of their intimate areas to another person. The court ruled that the statutory language allowed the charges, and deferred to the way the Legislature has written the law. Unfortunately, this means that, unless the Legislature amends the statute, any minor involved in sexting continues to be at risk of felony charges.
The most shocking part is how utterly normal this sort of revelation has become - as an internet safety expert, it's just another day at the office. I ensured she's referred to a paediatric sex addiction therapist, which unfortunately is now a necessary thing. She started watching porn on YouTube on a suggestion from a classmate, then progressed down the bottomless rabbit hole of YouTube's increasingly horrifying suggestions and eventually started seeking out even more egregious forms of sexualised content on sites like PornHub. It's one of the many chilling but all too common experiences I've had in recent years, while looking into the gutter world of social media. In another haunting encounter, after I gave a student presentation on online safety, a Year 6 girl asked to speak with me privately. A year-old man had sent her nude photos of himself via TikTok and was asking her to reciprocate. After law enforcement determined the identity and location of the man - he was 1, miles away - local officers were dispatched to arrest him. These are just two of many hundreds to horror stories I've heard, and it's why I support The Sun's effort to educate parents. Video-sharing platform TikTok has become a huge hit with youngsters around the world, some as young as eight. However, what many parents won't know is it has massive amounts of hyper-sexualised and pornographic content which is being viewed by our children, and at increasingly younger ages.