Sexting can happen on any electronic device that allows sharing of media and messages including smartphones, tablets, laptops or mobiles. In the UK the age of consent for sexual intercourse is However, it is an offence to make, distribute, possess or show any indecent images of anyone aged under 18, even if the content was created with the consent of that young person. The law is contained in section 1 Protection of Children Act
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For youth under 18 years old, taking and sharing sexual images can also be against the law, even if the youth agrees to have the images shared with others or if the images are of yourself see more information below. If someone has shared an image of you online without your permission, see below for information about who you can talk to and what you can do. Is sexting illegal? Get more help and information.
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For people under 18, non-consensual sexting is illegal and penalties can be very serious. With modern technology this can be done instantly, but it can have serious and lasting consequences. Once digital images are sent, they are no longer private and you have lost control of them. You can't get them back. They can resurface again when least expected.
Some adolescents consider it a form of digital flirting. The legal system considers it a form of child pornography. They call it sexting.