Derived from sex and texting it refers to sharing intimate data, whether in the form of text messages, photos or videos.

To shield your child from potential disaster, establish the following DON Ts:

• DON T send intimate photos to strangers, even if they insist.

• DON T send naked photos or sexts as a joke.

Legislation

There are no dedicated sexting laws in the UK, but the law considers erotic pictures of an underage person to be child pornography , and it is illegal for anyone, even if they are under-age, to distribute such content.

It s also illegal to store sexual images of underage individuals.

With that in mind, the best advice is not to take intimate pictures at all!

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