Sending a sexual text, image or video can be dangerous if shared with the wrong person. When sexting goes badly, it can make you feel ashamed, guilty, embarrassed or anxious.Once you send a message, you're not in control of what happens to it. But there are things you can do to make the situation better and prevent it from happening again. You can't control what someone will do with an image, but having an honest conversation can help to make sure they won't pass it on.You can search for people who are looking for love, looking for a relationship, wanting to make new friends or just wanting some fun.Creating an account is quick and easy and you can login with Facebook if you have an account.Reporting what’s happened with a counsellor means we can protect your identity and stop anyone else finding out.Making a report can be scary, but our counsellors are here to support you and we won’t pass on your information without your permission.Contacting websites directly and making a report If you’re under 18 and an indecent or nude pic of you is posted online, that is illegal. If you confirm your age by emailing your passport to a Childline counsellor, we can make a report to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) who will contact the website to try and remove it without anyone else being involved.The IWF tries to remove any illegal images posted online.
And when we say free, we mean free to search for other members and free to message them.
Privacy settings preventing approaches by strangers are not enabled by default on messaging apps.
Message app users must set them to have them enabled.
As with emailing, in the 2010s, the sending of short informal messages has become an accepted part of many cultures.
This makes texting a quick and easy way to communicate with friends and colleagues, including in contexts where a phone call would be impolite or inappropriate (e.g., calling very late at night or when one knows the other person is busy with family or work activities).