Young people and sexting

Research into young people’s experience of sending and sharing nude and nearly nude images — otherwise known as ‘sexting’.

Attitudes and behaviours

eSafety collaborated with Netsafe in New Zealand and the UK’s Safer Internet Centre with the University of Plymouth on research culminating in this report. 

The work builds on jointly presented research by these agencies at the inaugural Online Safety on the Edge conference in Sydney on 3 November 2017, which was co-hosted by eSafety and Netsafe New Zealand. 

The purpose of this shared research is to better understand

  • the prevalence of sending and sharing of both solicited and unsolicited nude or nearly nude images or videos
  • young people's influences and motivations for this behaviour.

eSafety’s contribution to the joint report on young people and sexting draws on data from our 2017 Youth Digital Participation Survey. Find out more about this survey in youth and digital dangers.


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