This resource sheet provides information about safety and good practice when images of children and young people are displayed online. It outlines the legal obligations for Internet users who post images of children and young people on the Internet, and some of the emerging issues associated with the displaying of online images by children and young people. Guidance is also provided for supporting children and young people to be safe online. Throughout this paper, a child or young person refers to a person under the age of 18 years. The Internet has become a popular communication tool for children and young people, as well as adults, businesses and organisations.
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Teens often communicate with each other via cell phones. Technology has advanced to the point where teens can send private text, picture and video messages via various social media platforms right from their cellular phone. Apps exist to immediately delete messages and hide the source of the sender and recipient. This technology, coupled with the prevalent use of cell phones by teens, means a greater opportunity exists for teens to send inappropriate message via these avenues, including nude photographs. Tennessee lawmakers have attempted to catch up with technology and passed a law illegalizing the practice of teen sexting. This law includes a prohibition of texting such sexual images of teens and equally applies to adults and minors. Therefore, someone who sends such images may be charged with a crime, even if the person sending the image is also a minor.
Sexting and sharing photos
Sexting or taking, sending and sharing pictures via digital technologies could expose you to risk and can be considered a criminal offence, especially if it involves harassing people of any age. Find out what you can do to protect your privacy. Sexting or sharing photos online can be considered cyber bullying—which is a criminal offence if it involves using the internet or mobile phone to make threats, stalk someone or menace, harass or seriously offend them. If you think you are being cyber bullied get legal help or talk to someone who can help.
By Mark Theoharis. Since cell phones first saw widespread adoption in the s, they've become not just ever present, but have developed vastly expanded capabilities, such as the ability to take and instantly share photos. Some states have adopted laws that prescribe penalties aimed specifically at teenagers or adolescents who send such photos.