The dangers of sexting

sextingNews Update: Sexting Ring Uncovered at US High School + 200,000 Nude ‘Snapchat Images’ put online by hackers.

This news story of a teenage girl being cautioned by the Police after sexting a topless picture of herself has prompted a debate.  The girl sent the selfie to her boyfriend, who in turn forwarded the photo to his friends after the couple split up. Indeed, the Police have warned that teenagers sexting could be prosecuted for sharing child pornographic images and, if guilty, placed on the sex offenders register (if the sexual image is of someone under 18, then it amounts to child pornography).  See the warning via the Christian Institute and the discussion in The Guardian Newspaper, where they ask if it is right to criminalize children who share sexts? Would education be better than criminalization?

Note also that a person can bring a civil damages compensation claim for any harmful consequences that can be reasonably foreseen.

Advice: “It is crucial that users 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. The law is now to be changed to send revenge porn offenders to prison.

About Dr Peter Jepson

I am the editor of this LawsBlog. On the 31st August 2014, I retired as Head of the Department of Social Sciences at Strode's College, Egham, Surrey. In that post I was responsible for the subject areas of Laws, Politics, Sociology, and Humanities. Prior to that, also at Strode's College, I managed Laws, Politics, Citizenship, the AQA Baccalaureate, and the Extended Project Qualification.
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