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February 8th is Safer Internet Day. These days, cell phones are like personal computers with instant Internet access at your fingertips. True or False: legal consequences may apply for 'sexting' among young people.
c) What's 'sexting'?
The Answer: True. Legal consequences may apply for sexting by young people: it is against the law to create, transmit or possess a sexual image of a minor (a person under 18). Some young people are therefore committing a crime through their actions, perhaps without knowing.
‘Sexting’ (sex-texting) is the term used to describe the sending of sexually suggestive or explicit messages or photographs, typically via mobile phone. While normally consensual in the first instance, sadly many images end up widely circulated or posted online, especially when relationships end. The originator quickly loses all control over the images, often with embarrassing - and potentially devastating -consequences.
If you have received an email containing child pornography, report it online to Cybertip.ca. Delete it from your inbox - it is illegal to have it.
If you are aware of a personal computer that contains child pornography, report it to your local police. This may be a friend, acquaintance or co-worker.
If you prefer to remain anonymous report it to Cybertip.ca.