What can happen when you sext?
- Taking, sending or receiving a sexy image of a person under 18 can be illegal in some States – even if it’s of yourself!
- If you or the other person is under 18 you could end up in trouble with the law as it can be considered ‘image based abuse’
When you send a nude photo of yourself to someone, what happens to it and where it goes next is often out of your control...
For information about sexting laws, check out Youth Law Australia.
You may trust the person you're sexting with right now
But people can change and unexpected things can happen, like:
“It's not ok for somebody to pressure you into sexting. Talk to Kids Helpline and they'll help you figure out what to do."
What to do after you send a sext you regret
Here’s what you can do if you send a sext you regret:
Ask the person to delete your message and watch them do it
Talk to someone you trust like a friend, parent, counsellor or teacher Make a report to your mobile phone company if you’re receiving unwanted pictures or requests
Here’s what to do if your image gets shared online:
If you’re under 18 report it to eSafety or the police
Tell a teacher if the person who shared/posted it is from your school
Un-tag yourself from the photo
Report the image so it can be removed
Report the person who posted it
Talk to someone you trust like a friend, parent, counsellor or teacher
What if I get a sexy image sent to me?
While sexting can be exciting it has its risks too
It’s important to figure out what you feel comfortable with sharing, because what you share with others could become public.
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