Worried your friend shares pictures they shouldn't?
Would you know what to do if an ‘indecent’ picture of your friend went viral? It happens.
They send a sexy pic to their boyfriend or girlfriend. It gets shared. Now the whole school is talking about it.
If your friend’s in the picture they’re going to need your support.
Remember – if a picture or video is of a boy or girl under 18 and it’s ‘indecent’ – (if it’s naked, a topless girl, contains genitals or sex acts it will be!) – it’s illegal to share, keep on your computer or on your phone.
That doesn’t mean your friend will be in trouble. The police understand that young people share these images with their boyfriends or girlfriends, even though it’s a bad idea.
What it does mean is that if other people are sharing a picture without your friend’s permission, they are breaking the law and could be in serious trouble.
The best way to protect your friend is to persuade them not to share sexual pictures in the first place, even with people they trust. It might seem fun but it’s never a good idea. Encourage them to watch ‘Exposed’ to see what can happen.
What if the pictures are already out there? Well, it’s never too late to help a friend.
Organisations who can help
Talk to someone
ChildLine is a free helpline for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Whatever your worry, it's better out than in.
ChildLine is a private and confidential service. Confidential means not telling anyone else what you’ve said. This means that whatever you say stays between you and ChildLine.
They would only need to tell someone else if:
- You ask them to
- We believe your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger
- You are being hurt by someone in a position of trust who has access to other children like a teacher or police officer
- You tell us that you are seriously harming another young person
Call them on 0800 1111. The number won’t appear on your phone bill.
You can also visit www.childline.org.uk to speak to a counsellor online.
CEOP helps young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they’ve met is trying to abuse them.
If you’ve met someone online, or face to face, and they are putting you under pressure to have sex or making you feel uncomfortable you should report to CEOP.
This might be someone:
- Making you have sex when you donʼt want to
- Chatting about sex online
- Asking you to meet up face to face if youʼve only met them online
- Asking you to do sexual things on webcam
- Asking for sexual pictures of you
- Making you feel worried, anxious or unsafe
If this is happening to you, or you’re worried that it might be, you can report this to CEOP.