Nude Selfies: What Parents and Carers Need to Know


This series of four short animated films for parents and carers offer advice on how to help keep children safe from the risks associated with the sharing of nude and nearly nude images.

They aim to empower parents and carers by helping them:

-         Understand young people’s motivations for sending nude selfies.

-         Plan to respond positively and constructively if they find out their child has shared a nude selfie.

-         Gain confidence and skills in initiating preventative conversations.

-         Identify risky behaviours or situations, and know when to seek help.

-         Know how to get help if a child is at risk after sharing an image.


Evidence based support for parents and carers

The films are based on research findings from the European Commission-funded SPIRTO (Self-Produced Images: Risk Taking Online) Project. This two year qualititative investigation was led by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the University of Lingkoping (Sweden), Innocence in Danger (Germany) and the NCA CEOP Command.

Researchers in Sweden and the UK conducted detailed interviews 51 under-25 year olds who had shared a nude or nearly nude image before the age of 18. Their aim was to learn more about young people’s motivations for sharing images, what contexts they shared them in, and what happened as a result.

Click on the following links to download a preliminary report on the SPIRTO research:
Initial findings: summary report (pdf)

Initial findings: full report (pdf)

The final report will be available for download on publication later in 2015.


Delivering Nude Selfies: What Parents and Carers Need to Know

The Nude Selfies films are accompanied by a Guidance Pack including a session plan and essential background information to help you deliver an effective workshop for parents and carers. You can also download a customisable poster/flyer to help you promote the session.

Download the Guidance Pack, poster and films here.

Parents and carers can access the films directly at Please take every opportunity to encourage all those you work with to check out the films, by promoting them on your social media channels, website, regular bulletins and newsletters, meetings, and more.