Recent research suggests that more young adults engage in sexting than teenagers and those who sext regard it more positively than those who don't. Sexting—the sending and receiving of sexually explicit or sexually suggestive texts or images via phone or internet—has gained considerable attention in the media. Discussions have focused on the perceived negative impacts of sexting, particularly on young people, which include the sharing of images without consent, the legal implications of sexting, mental health impacts and potential connections between sexting and other risky behaviours. A literature review was undertaken by Klettke, Hallford and Mellor to examine what empirical data exists to inform discussions around sexting.
Teenagers now see sexting as a social norm and its dangers need to be addressed directly in classrooms as part of the sex education curriculum, a leading researcher has warned.
School children are among the 53 people who have been charged with new sexting offences in Victoria. There have been sexting offences recorded since the laws came into effect, and around 29 per cent of alleged offenders were minors aged between 10 and 17, according to figures from the Crime Statistics Agency. There have been sexting offences recorded in Victoria since new laws came into effect. While the bulk of these young alleged offenders were given warnings, seven children have been charged with sending or threatening to distribute explicit images without consent over the past 15 months.
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