Young people – online
Sexting is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video. This includes sending ‘nude pics’, ‘rude pics’ or ‘nude selfiesIf someone is pressurising you to send them nude pics then it is wrong and is a form of abuse, even if you're in a relationship with them.
- Find out more about the consequences of sexting
- Find out what to do if you feel pressured to send an explicit text
The facts about sharing explicit content
Sharing nude pics or videos posted online or on social networks of someone under the age of 18 is against the law.
It doesn't matter if:
- someone else gave you permission
- someone else sent it to you
- you’ve never met them before
- you are under 18 too
- it’s a selfie.
Think before you share
You need to remember that what you share online can be seen by lots of people and might stay online forever.
- be safe
- be respected for the right reasons
- respect others too.
Worried about something that's been shared?
If you’re worried about something you’ve shared, or something that has been shared about you, tell an adult you trust so they can take action to stop the image or video being shared further.
You could also:
- Download the free and secure For Me app from Childline
- Find out how to report pictures, videos and comments to social media sites