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What is sexting and what does the law say about it?

Sexting is a type of pornography. Sexting means taking, sending and getting pornographic pictures on the internet or a mobile phone. This includes sending and getting pornographic pictures through text messages, Facebook, emails, chat rooms or blogs.

The law says that nobody can send, get or save a sexting picture, if a person in the picture is under 18. If everybody in a sexting picture is 18 or older, the law says it is OK to take, send, get and save the picture (unless the person you send it to doesn’t want it). But you can’t the picture to anybody else, or put it on the internet, unless the person in the picture says this is OK.

You shouldn’t get in trouble if somebody sends you a pornographic picture of a person under 17 when you did not ask for it, you don’t sent it to anybody else and you delete it as soon as you can.

If somebody is sending sexting pictures of you that you don’t want other people to see:

  • If the picture is on a website like Facebook or YouTube, you can ask the site to remove the picture.
  • If the picture is being sent around mobile phones or emails, you can tell the police. You can also talk to Kids Helpline about this.

For more information about sexting, you can contact Youthlaw for information and help.

Getting help with this

19 King Street Melbourne Victoria 3000
Phone:(03) 9611 2412
Fax: (03) 9620 3622
Email: info@youthlaw.asn.au
Website: http://youthlaw.asn.au/