Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch - - Se­nior Sergeant Stephen Thomp­son

"Sexting is send­ing provoca­tive or sex­ual pho­tos, mes­sages or videos. It gen­er­ally hap­pens us­ing a mo­bile phone or by post­ing 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 an 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 when dis­tribut­ing any con­tent by mo­bile phone or on­line. Learn how to use your child’s mo­bile phone and talk with them about what they can and can’t do with it

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