New laws protecting teens from prosecution for sexting will take effect today across NSW. Teen sexting has now been decriminalised between consenting participants in New South Wales. The previous laws left teens who exchanged sexually explicit content open to prosecution for the possession and distribution of child pornography and similar offences. Sexting has become an increasingly common practice among Australian teens, with a recent report saying over a quarter of teenagers engage in the behaviour. This is in line with the original recommendations by the report tabled following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Sexting is now considered to be a normal part of sexual development.
Nationwide Study on Teen ‘Sexting’ Has Good News, Bad News
Sexting laws change: teens no longer at risk of prosecution for child pornography
The bad news is that it also has not decreased despite preventive efforts by educators and others. Most commonly, the term sexting has been used to describe incidents where teenagers take nude or semi-nude photos or videos of themselves and exchange that content via text or private social media messages. While intended to be shared with trusted romantic partners, these images also can find their way into the hands of others. While national studies have contributed to the understanding of sexting behavior among minors, the prevalence estimates are dated prior to January , and therefore, little is known about its frequency and scope on a national level in recent years. A new study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is providing a much-needed update to what is currently known about the nature and extent of sexting among youth today.
Teenagers should be educated on how to sext more safely and be respectful of each other rather than be persuaded by educational materials to abstain from sexting, a new report says. The paper , written by Yfoundations youth health sector support officer Jessie Hunt, is a first in Australian public health policy. It says resources aimed at educating teenagers about sexting are outdated and perpetuate problematic notions surrounding gender.
One in two teenage boys and girls have used a mobile phone to send a sexually explicit image of themselves, according to the biggest sexting survey undertaken in Australia. A survey found half of teenagers have sexted sexually explicit images of themselves. Most of the teens surveyed who had sexted said they sent the image to a person with whom they had a relationship.