FACT: Sending indecent pictures of children is against the law

Definition of ‘sexting':

Someone taking an indecent image of themselves and texting it to someone else.

How many young people receive messages like this?

A 2009 UK survey of 2,094 teens aged 11 to 18 found that 38% had received an “offensive or distressing” sexual image by text or email.

What if you’ve shared a picture of someone else?

Sharing rude pictures of someone else is horrible and embarrassing for them and their family. How would you feel if it were you, or someone in your family?

That’s a big enough reason not to do it, but if you want another one, it’s also against the law if they’re under 18.

What the law says

If you’re a teenager in possession an indecent image of another minor (someone under 18), technically you are in possession of an indecent image of a child. This is an offence under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988. If you then forward this on, you are committing a further offence of distribution.

In 2007, 32 Australian teenagers from the state of Victoria were prosecuted as a result of sexting activity. Child pornography charges were brought against six teenagers in Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA in January 2009 after three girls sent sexually explicit photographs to three male classmates.

More Information

Find out more about sexting, the law and what to do:



Getting Help

If someone is using images against you or someone you don’t know has contacted you to ask you to send images, contact CEOP to report it.

Get help and support from these sites:




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