Sexting is a Crime – Warn your Teens!

Under child pornography laws in Victoria it is a crime for anyone to transmit or possess naked pictures of a person under the age of 18. It is as simple as that. Ignorance is no defence. “It was just a joke” is no defence. “I wasn’t thinking” is no defence.

Possessing these pictures on your phone or computer can lead to placement on the Sex-Offender Register. Those on the register are monitored by police and are ineligible for jobs that involve working with children.

A series of articles in Sunday’s Age this week highlight how easy it is for a teenager to be charged with this offence.

Click on the links to read more:

One stupid moment of rage has life-long consequences.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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5 Responses to Sexting is a Crime – Warn your Teens!

  1. That is indeed the reality. I am ublicising your website via our website and Twitter also.. It has been most handy.@MtErinCollege

  2. Thanks for your article. WE have posted a copy on our BLOG, forwarding it to this article.. Great work.

    • Renata Rowe says:

      Thanks for your comment. We figure that we are all in this together and the more we can help each other the better!

  3. Joe Tona says:

    right, bcoz the news is full of stories about boyfriends who’ve been charged with this. just bcoz it can happen doesn’t mean it will.

    • Renata Rowe says:

      Thanks for your comment Joe, you’re absolutely right it doesn’t always happen. I suppose until the law catches up with what is happening on social media the police can manage it this way and it is important for our teens to know this. Appreciate your thoughts and thanks for taking the time to add to the debate.

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