Pinjarra Murray Times - - STREET WATCH -

SEX­TING refers to the send­ing of provoca­tive or sex­ual photos, mes­sages or videos, gen­er­ally us­ing a mo­bile phone, or post­ing this type of ma­te­rial on­line. Sex­ting is a com­mon oc­cur­rence be­tween chil­dren. En­gag­ing in this ac­tiv­ity can re­sult in se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fences be­ing com­mit­ted by all par­ties. The re­sult may be a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion or be­ing reg­is­tered as a se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fender. This will have im­pact on fu­ture em­ploy­ment, travel and re­la­tion­ships. A sim­ple act can re­sult in a life­time of shame. ■ Warn your child about the con­se­quences of sex­ting, so­cially and legally. ■ Re­mind them to think be­fore they act - tak­ing or send­ing sex­ual images, even of them­selves, has ram­i­fi­ca­tions that may be il­le­gal. ■ Re­mind your child to delete any sex­ual con­tent they re­ceive from oth­ers and to avoid for­ward­ing this type of con­tent. ■ Re­mind your child to con­sider the feel­ings of oth­ers. - Se­nior Sergeant Stephen Thompson

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