Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sending nudes and sexting

Every nude picture you see online is someone’s sister or brother, son or daughter.

It's important to think twice before sharing sexy pics or nudes, whether it's a picture of you or someone else.

What happens when you send nudes

Once an image is shared, it can be copied and saved by others, shared with people the sender does not know and posted on social media and public websites. It's almost impossible to get it back or control who sees it.

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No worries checklist

  • Think about who might see the picture.
  • Delete sexy pics.
  • Say no to anyone hassling you to send a sexy pic.
  • Show the same respect you would want for your sister, brother or cousin.
  • Be careful about taking, keeping or passing on sexy pics. They can get you in trouble with the law.

Sent a sexy pic already?

What to do:

  • Delete the picture.
  • If it is posted online, report it to the site.
  • If you need help to get your pic removed, you can make an image-based abuse report to eSafety.
  • If you sent it to someone, ask them to delete it.
  • Report it to your school or the police to stop it being sent on.
  • Respect yourself – you will be OK!

Still worried?

If you are under 25 you can have a web chat with Kids Helpline or make a free call to them on 1800 55 1800.

You could also check out our young people section for info about being pressured to send nudes, what to do when your nudes have been shared, and receiving unwanted nudes.