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Sexting / indecent images of young people and children / youth-produced sexual imagery

Page last updated: 22/01/2018

Whilst professionals refer to 'sexting', there is no clear definition of 'sexting'. Many professionals consider sexting to be 'sending or posting sexually suggestive images, including nude or semi-nude photographs, via mobiles or over the Internet. However, 'youth produced sexual imagery' best describes this practice:
  • 'Youth produced' includes young people sharing images that they, or another young person, have created of themselves
  • 'Sexual' is clearer than 'indecent'. A judgement of whether something is 'decent' is both a value judgement and dependent on context
  • 'Imagery' covers both still photos and moving videos (and this is what is meant by reference to imagery throughout the document).
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