Sexting facts & advice

Get expert tips to support children



What you’ll find in this section

Learn about sexting

Understand the risks that children may face online to offer the right support to keep them safe.

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Protect your child

Get advice to give children the right tools to help them make smarter choices about what they share.

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Deal with it

Get advice on how to help your child if they have sent or received a nude or sext and minimise it’s negative impact

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See a list of organisations that can support you and your child and other resources to support them online.

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What is sextortion?

Learn about sextortion and how it might impact your child. Then, get advice on keeping them safe.



Look At Me – Teens, Sexting and Risks Report – provides insight into who shares nudes and why.

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Getting the facts on sexting

The term ‘sexting’ is used to describe the sending and receiving of sexually explicit photos, messages and video clips, by text, email or posting them on social networking sites.

Young people may send images and messages to their friends, partners, or even strangers they meet online. Although there is a lot of talk among teens of sending nudes research shows there’s been little growth in the number of young people doing it.

Explore our advice hub to get the facts on why young people may get involved in sexting, what the law says about sexting and what you can do to help your child if they are negatively affected by it.

What the expert says

What you need to know about sexting to support children and young people