Rules & Regulations on the Internet

By Charlotte Whittle

What is the age of criminal responsibility?

The age of criminal responsibility is 10, if you do anything against the law and you are over the age of 10 you can get punished for your actions.

What is the age of consent?

Anyone under the age of 16 cannot be involved in any sexual activity. Anyone under 16 cannot consent and anyone who has sex with someone under 16 has no defence and could be prosecuted. If both people are under 16 you can still get prosecuted and serve punishments.

what happens when your under 16 and under 13?

It is against the law if someone is touching someone sexually or doing any sexual activity and one of them is under 16,the person over 16 can be prosecuted under the sexual offenders act. If you are under 13 and you are asked to do sexual activity the other person will be prosecuted and they can still be prosecuted if they are under 16 and under 13.

Whats the difference between harassment and sexual contact?

Sexual contact is when an adult has a sexual relationship with a young person, this is against the law but harassment is when someone is mean to someone about their ethnicity, race or sexuality and can be prosecuted.


Cyberbullying is a big deal. The people that cyberbully often think they can get away with it and no one can do anything about it but they can be prosecuted for their actions. Cyberbullying can happen to anyone who has a social network account. Other people can and might pretend to be a girl or boy your age to get close to you. Thye might seem nice and friendly but if you personally don't know them don't talk to them because they can find out where yoou live from pictures or you might say it on your profile, but all you have to do is tell someone and it can all be stopped and whoever has been cyberbullying you can be prosecuted.


Sexting is when someone sends a picture or video via text and whoever you send it to is in possesion of a indecent picture of a child and if they are under 18 it is against the law even if it's to your boyfriend/girlfriend and they can be prosecuted.