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What is sexting or sending nudes?

Sexting or sending nudes is when someone shares a sexual message, naked or semi-naked image, video or text message with another person. It doesn’t have to be a nude image of them and could be an image of someone else.

Young people can send nudes using phones, tablets and laptops and can share them across any app, site or game, including during a livestream. Many young people also share them on social media channels.

We’ve got advice to help if you’re worried your child might have been sending or receiving nude images, or if you want to talk to them about the risks.                            

There are lots of reasons why children and young people may want to send sexual messages or naked or semi-naked images or videos to someone.

These include:

    • peer pressure
    • being blackmailed, harassed or threatened
    • to increase their self-esteem
    • to prove their sexuality
    • feeling worried about being seen as ‘not sexy’, or ‘shy’ if they don’t
    • feeling confident about themselves – and wanting to share their confidence and pride with others
    • feeling like they ‘owe’ their boyfriend or girlfriend and being made to feel guilty if they don’t
    • being in love with someone and fully trusting them
    • they’re in a long distance or online relationship and want to have sexual relationship.

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