Sexting or taking, sending and sharing pictures via digital technologies could expose you to risk and can be considered a criminal offence, especially if it involves harassing people of any age. Find out what you can do to protect your privacy. Sexting or sharing photos online can be considered cyber bullying—which is a criminal offence if it involves using the internet or mobile phone to make threats, stalk someone or menace, harass or seriously offend them. If you think you are being cyber bullied get legal help or talk to someone who can help. Sexting can include images from film, movies, videos, photos, and digital images sent by SMS, email, chat rooms and publishing on blogs. If you make or possess have illegal sexting images or send them to other people you may be charged with distributing child exploitation material, which is a serious crime. If you know the sender, let them know you do not want them to send you any more images. You may also want to talk to a trusted adult or the police about what happened.
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Sexting can happen on any electronic device that allows sharing of media and messages including smartphones, tablets, laptops or mobiles. In the UK the age of consent for sexual intercourse is However, it is an offence to make, distribute, possess or show any indecent images of anyone aged under 18, even if the content was created with the consent of that young person.
The war on (unwanted) dick pics has begun
But studies continue to prove that a large swath of the phone-carrying population is exchanging sexy messages. In , the American Psychological Association APA conducted a study using participants aged 18 to 82 and found that more than 80 percent had sexted within the past year. It seems scandalous texts are an indulgence that defies age. Still, we wonder, is there an age at which sexting becomes inappropriate? According to relationship experts, it seems to be a perfectly healthy habit for adults, if not one with inherent risk. The online doctor service DrEd conducted a recent study on 1, Americans who were 18 and older, focusing specifically on the exchange of sexy photos.
Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Baden conceived of the series in , after reading a news story about a website on which couples were selling their amateur sex tapes. He became fascinated by technology's growing role in both stimulating and simulating intimacy.