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Sharing nudes and semi-nudes

Sharing nudes and semi-nudes – sometimes referred to as ‘sexting’ – is the creation and sharing of nude or semi-nude images, videos or live streams.

What you need to know

Children and young people often share such photos and videos through devices, online platforms and messaging apps.

Young people may share images of themselves or others with peers, people who they are in romantic relationships with, or people they don’t know. There can be many different motives or reasons behind the behaviour, some more harmful than others.

When incidents only involve under 18 year-olds situations will be considered on a case-by-case context, with some dealt with as a safeguarding and/or criminal matter.

If you become aware of a child or young person in possession of indecent images of either themselves or others under 18, then it's important to act so that they can be appropriately supported and safeguarded.

Warning

The sharing of nudes and semi-nudes of people under 18 with or by adults constitutes child sexual abuse and the police should be informed as a matter of urgency.



Views from the experts

Sharing nudes

David Wright, UK Safer Internet Centre Director


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