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'Sexting' is the exchange of self-generated sexually explicit images, through mobile picture messages or webcams over the internet. This may be done via Snap Chat messages, Facebook or Instagram. The sharing of sexual videos and pictures of children under the age of 18, even if the child/young person shares an image of themselves, is a criminal offence.

CEOP [ Child Exploitation and Online Protection]

CEOP Safety Centre is a website run by the police with the aim of keeping children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.

CEOP can be used to report a range of issues:

  • Someone online has asked a child to send them nude images

  • A child has shared a nude image with someone online and they are threatening them

  • Someone is asking a child to live-stream and do things they don't want to do

  • Someone online keeps asking a child to meet them face-to-face and they feel pressured by them

  • Someone online is talking to a child about sex

  • Someone online is putting pressure on a child to do things they don't want to do

  • Someone a child met in an online game keeps trying to talk to them privately

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