Sexting is the exchange of sexual messages or self-generated sexual images or videos through a mobile phone network or the internet.
Once a message or image has been shared, the sender has no control about how it’s used. Sexting can leave a child vulnerable to bullying, blackmail, online grooming or abuse. It’s also a criminal offence to create or share explicit images of a child, even if the person doing it is a child.
It’s important that anyone working with children and young people understands the dangers of sexting and knows what to do if you ever need to help a young person who has received or sent an explicit image, video or message.
It's essential that your organisation has a clear policy in place to protect children and clear procedures detailing what action must be taken if a child speaks out. All staff and volunteers should be familiar with these documents.