What is Sexting?
- Taking nude photographs of yourself or others with cell phone cameras and texting to others.
- Posting nude photographs of yourself or another person on a MySpace or Facebook page.
What you should know…
ONCE YOU HIT “SEND,” YOU LOSE CONTROL OVER THE IMAGES!
You won’t even know what has happened until people start talking about you…..
Another point to consider….
What if you lost your phone?
Those photographs could fall into the wrong hands!
So ask yourself……how would you feel if your private photograph was shared with the entire world?
Sexting & The Law
Sexting has legal consequences.
Here are some offences that occur when you engage in the act of SEXTING:
- Creating Child Pornography
- Disseminating Child Pornography
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Criminal Use of a Communication Facility
What does THAT mean??
- Taking a nude photograph of yourself or anyone under the age of 18 years old is CREATING child pornography.
- Sharing those photos is DISSEMINATING child pornography.
- Having them on your computer, cell phone or handheld device means that you are in POSSESSION of child pornography.
These are all offences in Canada and you could be arrested and charged for breaking these laws.
For more information on what happens to a young person when they break the law, click HERE.
Other consequences to consider….
- Getting into trouble at school – being suspended or even expelled.
- Embarrassment not only for yourself, but also for your friends and family.
- A Criminal Record could result in you having difficulties being accepted into college or getting a job….and also could result in a judge placing a condition on you that you are not allowed to use a cell phone or a computer.
Sexting is a mistake that you can't take back!
What do I do if I get a photo I didn't ask for?
- If you are in school, tell a teacher, guidance counselor or school resource officer.
- If you are at home, tell your parents and contact the Hamilton Police Service 905-546-4925.
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