16th March 2022

Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know About Sexting‘ below.

Download: What Parents Need to Know About Sexting [PDF]

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What is Sexting?

Sexting involved sending, receiving or forwarding explicit messages, images, or video of a sexual nature. Although mobile phones are the most common vehicle for sexting, the term can also apply to sending sexually explicit messages through any digital media such as email, instant messaging, and/or social media sites. They can be set to or from a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, or someone your child has met online. Sexting is often described as the new flirting for children, but it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18. Soe of the main platforms it occurs on are Snapchat, Tinder, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and Kik.

In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as online blackmail, bullying and breaking the law.