Laws around the production and distribution of intimate images vary by country and region. It’s important that young people are familiar with the laws that apply to them, as in some cases, sexting can be a crime and hold heavy penalties with long-lasting impacts. This can include the taking, sharing, receiving or requesting of intimate images or footage of a young person (typically someone who is under 18 years of age). In some cases, this material is considered child pornography and any dealings with it are treated as such by law, even where creators and recipients are consenting participants in a relationship.
Research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner (2017) found that 70% of teenagers said that pressure was one of the key reasons why young people sent nudes. In order to support teens, we need to ensure that we are equipping them with skills on how to handle peer pressure online. There is some great information for teens about this on the eSafety website.
Many young people use apps like Snapchat to share nudes, because they feel that the time limited and “disappearing” nature of the content on Snapchat will safeguard them by preventing others from making copies of the image or video. It's important to discuss with young people that people can still make copies of nude content by using screen recording apps, or taking videos with a second device (like an iPad). There is no way to send nude content and guarantee it will not be shared.