The data suggests that 20-30% of teens have sent or received a sexually explicit photo in the last 12 months. This means the average secondary school will contain 150 -200 students who have recently sent or received a naked or semi naked picture of themselves.
Given the prevalence of this issue, we can’t bury our head in the sand. Teenagers everywhere are doing this.
There are a couple of big problems with sexting. First, Australian laws as they exist today allow teens to be charged with distributing child pornography if they send or receive a sexually explicit text – even if this photo is of themselves. Being charged with distributing child pornography can lead to being labelled as a sex offender and the consequences of this are very serious. This is clearly a ridiculous situation and the laws must be changed. Nevertheless, it is a very real risk for young people, and the police visit hundreds of teens each week.Read More