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'Sexting’ is a word that is used to describe the taking of, passing on or possession of images of a sexual nature on modern technology. These pictures can be taken on a mobile phone, a camera, a computer, tablet or game consoles like your Nintendo DS. It does not matter if the person in the photo says it is ok for the picture to be taken or if you take a photo of yourself.

‘Sexting’ does not have to be only pictures. It also includes someone sending a text message or an email that uses sexual words, or makes sexual references.

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Lawstuff - Sexting

Sexting is using the internet or your phone to share nude/sexy pictures. Sexting can be a crime when it involves people under 18. It can also be a crime when it involves harassing people of any age (for example, sharing their pictures without permission). When sexting involves someone under 18, it can be ‘child pornography’ or an ‘indecent act’. ...
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Youth Central - Sex, selfies & cyberbullying

Below the Belt is a free Android phone app with information about laws on sexting, sex and consent and cyberbullying.

Victoria Lega Aid have developed Below the Belt as an easy way to find and share information, or get help if you need it.

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Youthlaw - Sexting and cyber-bullying

To find out when sending or posting images is illegal, or to find out how the law can protect you from cyber-bullying, check out the following fact sheet:

  • Sexting & Cyber-bullying
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