Chloe Shaw PDHPE
Sexting is when sexual photos or videos are shared via mobiles or online posts. If your child has been involved in sexting, there are things you can do to help them manage the situation.
The word is a mix of ‘sex and ‘texting’. ‘Sexting’ is sending ‘sexy’ texts. The texts may be words or images. Sexting with pictures has probably been around as long as mobile phones have had the ability to take photos and send and receive images. Sexting occurs not only on mobile phones, but on Skype and social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr and Snapchat etc.
What you can do
If you have sent an image or text and you are worried about what might happen now, there are some things that you can do to try and make sure that your texts don't get passed on and/or you don't get accused of sending inappropriate things:
- You may have sent it to your boyfriend or girlfriend; if so, consider asking them to delete the message from their phone or inbox
- If you have sent an image or text that you feel is now out of your control, talk to a trusted adult or contact a Kids Helpline Councillor to work out what you can do.
Remember, don't be pressured into doing something you don't want to do. We're not just talking about sexting now. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, and you're really not OK with something, then don't do it.