‘Sexting has become “normal” but can leave youngsters vulnerable to exploitation or blackmail.’ See Sky News report.
Advice: “It is crucial that posters understand that every internet site and social networking site is monitored by an administrator.” They, in turn, can be expected to pass information onto the police.
A leading children’s charity says police figures show under-18s are being criminalised for sharing nude photographs of themselves. Across all age groups, the number of such offences has more than doubled in two years – soaring from 4,530 in 2013 to 10,818 in 2015.
The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, s.33 makes disclosure of private sexual photographs or films without consent a criminal offence. The maximum penalty on conviction is 2 years imprisonment in the Crown Court and 6 months imprisonment in the Magistrates Court. See previous postings on sexting.