The Low Down on Taking & Sending Nudes
Turns out, 50% of all teens have sent sexual pics and vids and a huge 75% have recieved them.
It can be super fun! But unfortunately, it’s pretty common for people other than the person you sent it to to see them as well.
Did you know?
- If you're younger than 18, it's actually against the law to take, send, or store nudes?
- If you have nudes of people younger than 18 in your possession, it's considered chld pornography
- Once you have turned 18, it is legal to take & send nudes. However, if you share someone elses nudes without their consent in an act of ‘revenge porn’, you could face up to 3 years jail time under the new intimate image laws.
Tips for Sending Nudes Safely
Want to send some hot selfies? Here are some tips to help you protect yourself:
- Have a chat with the person you're going to send it to first, to make sure you're both on the same page with what is ok and what is not ok. Respecting each others boundaries and privacy is key.
- Consent! Don't send it if you don't want to, and if the other person / people don't explicitly say they want you to
- Only send them to people you trust: maybe wait until you feel comfortable and trust the person before tapping 'send'.
- Crop out your face and distinguishing features to protect your identity: this means no tattoos, birthmarks or unusal piercings.
- Make sure you can't be identified by the background of your selfie
- Don't sip and send: It's never a good idea to send nudes while drinking or under the influence of drugs. It's pretty easy to make a mistake and send something inappropriate to the wrong person!
Why Send Them?
There are many reasons why someone might send nudes. Some of the reasons are good, and some ofthem are not so good. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your decisions.
- To explore sexuality
- To feel sexy
- To be fun and flirty
- To grow closer to someone
- As a sexy present
- To get compliments
- To get someone interested / take notice
- Because of pressure from a partner
- To feel included / fit in
- To send one back to someone who sent one to you
There are many reasons why people might NOT send nudes. It's important to respect people's decisions and not pressure them into doing something they're not comfortable with.
- Had a bad experience
- Worried about hurting their reputation
- Worried they might regret it later
- Worried people might think they're slutty
- Feel embarressed / unconfomfortable
- Potential to hurt current / future relationships
- Worried they will be shared without consent
- Worried about getting in trouble at school or with the law
Getting Help if Something Happens
Online harassment and bullying is NEVER okay.
If someone is bothering you to take / send sexy photos / videos and you don't want to:
- Tell them that you don't want to
- If you're under 18, it's against the law to take / send nudes
- Talk to someone you trust
- If they keep harassing, threatening or blackmailing you, call the police and report the person - it is illegal for them to do this
If someone is sending you sexy photos / videos that you don't want to be recieving:
- Tell them to stop
- Don't share them with anyone and delete them, especially if the person in the photos is under age 18, as you could be charged with possession of child pornography
- Block the person's number / social media
If someone shares photos / videos of you without your consent:
- Tell them to stop sharing them and to delete themn
- Report images on social media
- Talk to someone you trust
- If either yourself or the person sharing the nudes is under 18, there may be legal consequences
- Contact Youth Legal Service (contact details below) and / or contact the police to report the person.
Tips for protecting yourself:
- Set your social media privacy settings so that photos / videos posted of you have to be approved by you first
- Have a passcode on your phone / computer to prevent photos / videos getting into the wrong hands, or simply delete them
Phone: 1800 650 890
Phone: 1800 55 1800
Youth Legal Service
(08) 9202 1688 (metro)
1800 199 006 (regional)
WA AIDS Council
Phone: (08) 9482 0000