Sext Education: One In Three Aussie Teens Have Experienced Sexting

By the time Australian kids have hit their mid-teens, one in three has experienced sexting.

The boom in nude selfies has prompted authorities to act.

Julie Inman Grant, Australia's eSafety Commissioner, told 10 News First the sharing of explicit images online is becoming "much more rife" between young people.

Since October 2017, the eSafety Commission has received more than 1,600 reports of image-based abuse, with 11 per cent of adult Australians claiming to have experienced it.

The eSafety Commission said of all the reports it receives, one in three involves a person under the age of 18.

On Wednesday, Australian Federal Police announced it had joined forces with the eSafety Commissioner and the ThinkUKnow program to develop Sext Education for schools.

"What is often called sexy selfies or the self-production of the material itself is becoming an issue for Australian law enforcement," the AFP's child protection boss Marina Simoncini said.



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A guide has been released for schools to use provide advice and support to respond to incidents of sharing explicit material.

"We want to make sure that teachers and principals have the tools that they need to help manage the incident, to look after the young people and where to report it to get help, " Inman Grant said.

The guide provides advice and support for schools. Image: eSafety Commission

Teenagers are involved in a third of images being shared without consent, but Inman Grant warns the dangers start at a younger age.

"We are seeing things like sextortion happening to people as young as 12 or 13," she said.

"That's when they meet somebody they think they know online, they're asked for a nude or sexy Skype, that happens, they're extorted for money."

The guide also provides tips for parents on how to report the sharing of explicit images.

The guidelines point out that when dealing with children, it's very important to remain calm, reassuring and non-judgmental.

It is also important that a parent/guardian does not say or do anything to name or shame the child.