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Cybersmart Sexting


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An Aus. Govt resource as part of CyberSMART program ( - temp posting for ease of access.

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Cybersmart Sexting

  1. 1. SextingRisks and ConsequencesUpper Secondary Students
  2. 2. What is  sexting ?What is ‘sexting’? ‘Sexting’ is the sending of provocative or  sexual photos, messages or videos using a mobile phone 2
  3. 3. Why do you think teens sext?Wh d hi k ? 3
  4. 4. Case studyCase study• Dave and Kelly have been together for a while• Dave asks Kelly to send him a sexy photo• She says ‘You first!’ You first!• He sends her a funny naked photo of him only wearing his footy boots• She sends him funny naked photo of her wearing only a chef’s hat 4
  5. 5. What happens to the pictures if they fight and break up? p• Kelly finds out that Dave has shared her photo with his Kelly  finds out that Dave has shared her photo with his  best friend  Sam. • Dave finds his photo on Kelly’s Facebook page. 5
  6. 6. • Sam gets mad with Kelly about her breaking up with Dave  and sends her naked photo to a few friends with an abusive  email message about her  il b th• When those friends send it to their friends, three texts later  and friends of friends of friends =  1,296 people• It’s gone viral—and soon Kelly’s parents, the school and her  friends know about it or have seen it friends know about it or have seen it 6
  7. 7. • Kelly’s ‘friends on Facebook’, over 300 of them have seen  Kelly s  friends on Facebook over 300 of them have seen Dave’s naked photo and know his name and school• Dave’s football team have seen the photo Dave s football team have seen the photo• Kelly’s parents know too, after a friend’s mother told them• Everyone at school is taking sides both Kelly and Dave Everyone at school is taking sides… both Kelly and Dave  receive abusive emails and are bullied y p• The school knows. Both Kelly and Dave and their parents  are called to a meeting with the PrincipalWhat are some of the cybersafety issues raised?What are some of the cybersafety issues raised? 7
  8. 8. ConsequencesSocial• Invisible viewership―can be forwarded to anyone,  anywhere, anytime.• If images are posted online it can be almost impossible to  remove them or to control access to them. remove them or to control access to them• Images may be used for bullying or harassment• Impact on your digital reputation―now and into the future. 8
  9. 9. ConsequencesLegal Naked and sexual images, videos and text messages of  p p people under the age of 18 may be considered child  g y pornography. It may be a criminal offence under the Commonwealth of  Australia and State legislation.  9
  10. 10. ConsequencesLegal If convicted of creating or distributing child  pornography you may be listed as a sex offender. 10
  11. 11. Child Pornography OffencesChild Pornography OffencesChild pornography includes:Child pornography includes:Images that show a person under 18 years of age who is engaged in, or appears to be engaged in, a sexual pose or engaged in or appears to be engaged in a sexual pose orsexual activity or is in the presence of a person who is engaged in, or appears to be engaged in, a sexual pose or sexual  , pp g g , pactivity. Source: 11
  12. 12. Child Pornography OffencesChild Pornography OffencesYou could be charged if:•You take a naked or semi naked photo of a person under 18•You take a naked or semi‐naked photo of a person under 18, even if it is yourself or the person has agreed to the picture being taken the sender and receiver can both be chargedbeing taken―the sender and receiver can both be charged•You take photos or video of a person under 18 involved in sexual activity or posing in an indecent sexual manner (or sexual activity or posing in an indecent sexual manner (or even if it looks like they are)•You put a photo or video on your phone and forward it to You put a photo or video on your phone and forward it to someone. Source: 12
  13. 13. Maximum penaltyACT ‐ 5 yearsNSW ‐ 10 yearsNSW 10 yearsNT ‐ 10 yearsQLD ‐ 5 yearsQLD 5SA ‐ 10 yearsTAS ‐ No maximum termTAS N i tVIC ‐ 5 yearsWA ‐ 5 years* Unlikely to be applied to persons under 18 13
  14. 14. What could happen at school?What could happen at school?• Mobile confiscated• Discipline, including suspension or expulsion• Bullying and social exclusion Bullying and social exclusion• Parent’s informed 14
  15. 15. Think firstThink first• Is this image/video worth risking a criminal record? Being  registered  as a sex offender? Or public humiliation? registered as a sex offender? Or public humiliation?• Even if you have second thoughts and delete the image,  there is no telling who has already copied that photo and  h i lli h h l d i d h h d posted it elsewhere• Think before you send. Remember things can be forwarded  and posted online very quickly. 15
  16. 16. Taking ActionTaking Action• If you regret sending an image to someone, ask them to  delete it and not forward it on to others.• If it’s already ‘out there’, speak to a trusted adult to assist  you in taking action.• If a sexting photo is sent to your phone, delete it  immediately.  immediately 16
  17. 17. Taking ActionTaking Action• Never forward a ‘sext’. It makes the problem worse and  impacts negatively on the relationships and reputations of  impacts negatively on the relationships and reputations of yourself and your peers.• Ask the sender not to send any more images—you can get Ask the sender not to send any more images you can get  in trouble legally even if you didn’t want to receive the  image • You may have to block the sender’s number or seek advice  from police if the sending of sexting images continues.  17
  18. 18. Help• Help is available: • Support friends—let them know if there is an  image of theirs being shared around and  support them. , , • Seek advice from the school, a counsellor,  teacher or a trusted adult such as parents, older  sibling or aunty/uncle g y/ 18
  19. 19. Help• Seek confidential advice from the Kids Helpline  1800 55 1800  1800 55 1800• Seek confidential  advice from the Cybersmart  Online Helpline for Kids  19