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What counts as sexting

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Sexting can happen on any electronic device that allows sharing of media and messages including smartphones, tablets, laptops or mobiles.

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In the UK the age of consent for sexual intercourse is However, it is an What counts as sexting to make, distribute, possess or show any indecent images of anyone aged under 18, even if the content was created with the consent of that young person. The law is contained in section 1 Protection of Children Act The police have said that sexting by children will primarily be considered as a safeguarding issue.

The police must, by law, record all sexting incidents on their crime system but as of Januarythey can decide not to take further action against the young person if it is not in the public interest. This will be at the discretion of the police.

The government has issued statutory guidance to schools on Keeping Children Safe in Education which states that all incidents of sexting should be referred to the designated safeguarding lead and an investigation carried out with the full involvement of the young person and their parents. The government has also produced Departmental Advice on Searching, Screening and Confiscation which states that schools have the power to search pupils for devices, search "What counts as sexting" on devices and delete any indecent images.

For more information, see our page on School powers to search and screen pupils. The UK Council for Child Internet Safety has also issued advice for schools on developing procedures for responding What counts as sexting sexting incidents.

If you find out that your child has been sexting, you can contact the Internet Watch Foundationwho can search for explicit images or videos of your child and remove them.

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It would also be advisable to have an honest conversation with your child about the incident, to find out what led to it and how can it be avoided in the future. If you are a young person who requires advice and information click here to visit LawStuffour website dedicated to providing advice and assistance to young people. Table of contents generated from h4 This information is correct This information is correct at the time of writing Nov 10, The law What counts as sexting this area is subject to change.

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