Under the Australian law it is illegal to use your phone or internet to take, keep, look at, send, or ask someone to send sexual images or videos of anyone who is under 18 years of age or anyone who looks under the age of This law applies even if the photo or video is of yourself or if the person in the photo or video said it was OK. When sexting involves someone under 18 it can be considered child pornography. Sexting is also a crime when it involves harassing people of any age.
Lawmakers are reconsidering a law that charges teens who swap nude selfies as harshly as adults who deal in child pornography. Before she was old enough to go to an R-rated movie by herself, Nicole was facing charges that put her in the company of some of society's most despised criminals. She had been arrested at the age of 15 and labeled a child pornographer. The reason: Photos that were sent to her, but that she swears she never even saw. The photos would eventually show up in two places. She says her daughter, once a strong student, fell into a depression. Under the current statute, teens who exchange nude photos of themselves — even if they are sending them to an intimate partner — can be charged as severely as adults distributing child pornography. Noel Frame, D-Seattle. House Bill would also exempt teenagers from child pornography charges when they take or send photos of their own bodies.
What do the new intimate image laws do?
Sexting is when you share sexualised images including videos or messages using a computer, mobile phone, or other mobile device. Sexting is a crime when it involves a young person who is or looks like they are under the age of These laws are different from the laws about the age of consent for having sex.
By Rebecca Pirius , Attorney. Developing at a rapid rate, smart device technology presents amazing opportunities as well as difficult challenges. One such challenge is the exchange of sensitive and explicit material. Sexting has become especially common among teenagers—many of whom are minors—and can easily be used to bully or harass. States have taken various approaches to address teen sexting. Some have enacted laws prohibiting sexting by or between minors.