If you’re concerned about a nude or ‘sexy’ picture of yourself that might be on someone’s phone, computer or online, or if you’re worried that you have a picture like that on your phone, computer or online, you can send a Lawmail to get free confidential legal advice from or call the Youth Hotline on 1800 10 18 10.Sexting can be a crime, depending on the age of the people sexting and whether the pictures would be considered ‘offensive’ or ‘indecent’ by a court.Though texting allows teens to connect to their friends fast and with extreme ease, there are many dangers that come with it.Texting appear to take over teens’ lives, and distract them from many important activities, or even get them involved in risky behaviors.With the increase in usage of social media and chat rooms, adolescents and teens are more exposed to strangers, are more prone to meet and communicate with these sexual predators.If they begin to talk to these strangers, they tend to exchange information with them, most often pictures, but they can also send them their phone numbers – making it easier for them to talk at all times.
Reporting an image or video If you’re under 18 and an indecent or nude pic of you is posted online, that's illegal. You can contact the website directly yourself or make a report about what’s happened to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), who will speak to the website to try and remove it. Making a report can be scary, but our counsellors are here to support you.Try having an honest conversation with the person you sent the image to. Getting help The sooner you talk to somebody about the situation the better.This could be your mum, dad, carer or a school teacher.As the world becomes more mobile, with virtually every adult owning a cell phone and almost all teens owning one as well, dangers arise with having your children text their friends, or even people they may not know.It is important to educate your children about the dangers of texting while driving before they get behind the wheel, and implementing the "it’s just not worth it" attitude with their texting habits.This means that if you pressure someone into taking a photo or you share a sexual photo with someone, you’re breaking the law.