Northern Rivers teenagers face getting a criminal record if they post ‘sexy’ selfies on social media or text nude photos, according to Legal Aid NSW. Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin
Northern Rivers teenagers face getting a criminal record if they post ‘sexy’ selfies on social media or text nude photos, according to Legal Aid NSW. Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin Trinette Stevens

‘Sexy selfies’ could land teens in jail

TEENAGERS across the Northern Rivers are at risk of getting a criminal record if they post “sexy selfies” on social media or text nude photos according to Legal Aid NSW.

Julianne Elliott, who is a specialist in children’s legal matters, is concerned that many young people don’t realise that sexy photos or texts are treated by the law as child pornography.

“It is a little known fact that 16-year-olds can legally have sex, but if they take nude photos of it and share them with one another, they could face serious criminal charges,” she said.

“While it is never ok to share a sexy photo without someone’s consent or to use it to bully someone, it is also a crime to take, share or possess sexy images of anyone under 18, even yourself or with consent.”

Legal Aid NSW runs the Youth Hotline (1800 10 18 10) and last year gave advice on issues including sexting and cyberbullying to children and young people across NSW.

To help inform parents, youth workers and others about the law, Legal Aid NSW is holding a webinar on sexting and cyberbullying on May 27, from 11-11.30am.

The webinar discusses sexting, online bullying and how to make sure children and young people do not get them trouble when you’re on your phone or the internet.

“Our webinars allow people to get useful information about important legal issues in half an hour without leaving home. This is particularly useful for people in rural and regional NSW, or those with carers’ responsibilities or mobility issues,” Ms Elliott said.

“We also run workshops at schools and youth centres, and in the past 12 months have talked to over 7,500 children and young people about these issues.

The half hour webinar is run in a Q&A style format by a facilitator, and allow time for audience questions at the end.

Participation requires a computer or smartphone, an internet connection, and a speaker or headset. Participants can register from the Legal Aid website (www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au) or directly via http://bit.ly/23MkN8p .



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