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Sexting means sharing sexually explicit messages, photos or videos. Around 17% of young people aged 15 and over have shared a nude or sexual photo of themselves, according the Cybersurvey by YouthWorks called Teens, Sexting and Risks. (If you want to understand more about the issue, the report is a useful primer.)
The NSPCC advises: “It’s a criminal offence to create or share explicit images of a child, even if the person doing it is a child. If sexting is reported to the police, they will make a record but may decide not take any formal action against a young person.”
All schools should have a policy on dealing with incidents of sharing indecent images on mobile devices. If your child has been targeted in this way, the school and the police should be your first port of call.
If the image has been shared on social media, you should report the image, asking for its removal (see links below for information on how to do this).
Advice if people are posting pictures of you or your child online without permission
Advice if your child has been caught sexting