eSafety

1 Selfie-Conscious

Learn It

  • Sending nude selfies (sometimes known as Sexting) is when someone sends or recieves a sexually explict message through their mobile phone or webcam.
  • This maybe in the form of an image, text or a video and is sometimes called cybersex or sending a nudie.

Learn It: The Law

  • A young person is breaking the law if they:
    • Take an explicit photo or video of themselves or a friend
    • Share an explicit image or video of a child, even if shared between children of the same age
    • Possess, download or store an explicit image or video of a child, even if the child gave their permission for it to be created.

Learn It: The Police

  • From January 2016 in England and Wales, if a young person is found creating or sharing images, the police can choose to record that a crime has been committed but that taking formal action isn't in the public interest.
  • Crimes recorded this way are unlikely to appear on future records or checks, unless you have been involved in other similar activities which may indicate that you're at risk.
  • If you’re both under 18 and in a healthy relationship it’s unlikely that the police would want to take things further.

Learn It: Discussion

  • Discuss the following questions with the person next to you, then record your thoughts on a Notepad or Word document:
    • What might motivate someone to send a nude selfie to someone else?
    • What advice would you give a friend if they suggested they were considering sending a nude selfie to a boyfriend or girlfriend? Why would you say that?
    • What consequences might there be to sending a nude selfie?
    • What advice would you give to a friend who send a nude selfie to a boyfriend/girlfriend and is concerned it has been circulated around others in school?

Research It

  • The NSPCC have researched this area, and they estimate that between 15%-40% of young people have been involved in sexting.
  • Their research shows that issues most commonly come from sexting between peers
  • They found that young people are commonly coerced into sending nude selfies
  • Girls most adversely affected, and access to technology amplifies the problem
  • Ever younger children are being affected.
  • The NSPCC advise the "Grandma rule" when sending images of yourself:
  • Only send pictures to people that you'd be happy to show your grandma.
  • The NSPCC have produced a free app called 'Zipit' which comes with a number of humourous comeback lines that can be used in response to requests for nude selfies.
  • You can pick it up for iPhone here, or here for Android.

Learn It: Sent a nude selfie?

  • What should you do if you've sent a nude selfie and regretted it?
  • Read James' true story here. He's a couple of years older than you, but his story is relevant.
  • How did James get started with sexting?
  • What problems did it cause him?
  • How could he have handled the situation differently?
  • Read the Childline page on Sexting, and answer the following questions:
    • What should you do if an image of you appears on Social Media?
    • Who do Childline work with to have images and videos removed?
    • Is sexting illegal?
    • What can you do if someone is pressuring you to provide explicit photos?
    • What about if you suspect that person is an adult?
  • Watch the video below:

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