Snapchat promotes sexting
The study was led by Dr Murray Lee, an Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Sydney, who says the majority of teenagers confine their sexting to ‘romantic’ relationships.It also seems that sexting starts at a very young age. A new app has teens sharing what they think are self-destructing pictures over the internet. You might not have heard of Snapchat, but your teenager has.We found it’s how teens are choosing to communicate, but it doesn’t come without some hidden dangers.“All my friends are doing it,” says Little Rock Catholic High senior Jake Tlapek.To define it simply, sexting involves the sending of sexual photos or videos via mobiles or online posts.While national and state laws in Australia vary, the fact is that sexting can be a crime and can even result in a person being sent to jail.In fact, if you have a naked, or even a partially naked photo of someone under 18 years of age on your phone or computer, you could be guilty of a criminal offence.While sexting in the overwhelming number of cases seems to involve two people willingly and knowingly – and with mutual consent – sending their more risqué photos to each other, that’s not always the case.
The website also publishes a Sexting Guide as part of the parents’ guide to online safety brochure.
According to the survey of 1,400 teenagers, only a small minority reported sending an image on to a third party without consent.
The rest of the ‘sexts’ were within so-called romantic relationships – in other words, between girlfriends and boyfriends.
It can also be a major issue if the person sexting is under the age of 18, regardless of whether the photos are solicited or unsolicited.
A recent study of sexting, however, seems to cast doubt on any perceptions that teenagers in Australia may be just sending off pictures or videos – unsolicited – from their smartphones (or online) to anyone they choose. In fact, a study on sexting by the University of Sydney reveals that sexting unsolicited images from their smartphones (or online) is not normally the case amongst our younger generation.