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Sending a sexual text, image or video can be dangerous if shared with the wrong person. When sexting goes badly, it can make you feel ashamed, guilty, embarrassed or anxious.
Once you send a message, you're not in control of what happens to it. But there are things you can do to make the situation better and prevent it from happening again. You can't control what someone will do with an image, but having an honest conversation can help to make sure they won't pass it on.
Try having an honest conversation with the person you sent the image to. Getting help The sooner you talk to somebody about the situation the better.
This means that whatever you say stays between you and Childline.
When you’re under 18 it’s against the law for anyone to take or have a sexual photo of you – even if it’s a selfie.
This means that if you pressure someone into taking a photo or you share a sexual photo with someone, you’re breaking the law.
Anyone who spent a lot of time online in the early 2000s will remember whiling away the hours popping in and out of chatrooms and instant messaging their friends.
But in the years since AIM faded into obscurity, nothing has really replaced instant communication for teens.