Sexting is when someone sends messages, photos, images, or videos that are sexually explicit. This can be nude or naked selfies, rude pictures, semi naked photos, or anything of a sexual nature. Sometimes young people feel pressured to send these messages to ‘fit in’ or they may have been threatened if they don’t send them. Whatever the reasons, sending this type of message is wrong, and can be very damaging for everyone involved.

For further information about sexting, or if there is an image of you online, you can report it to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) who work with Childline and can help get the image removed.

If an adult sends a sexually explicit message or image to a child or young person, this could be part of a grooming process and should be reported to CEOP.