Inappropriate online content

"Students sometimes create and/or distribute inappropriate content using mobile phone cameras and social networking websites. For example, the media has recently reported on ‘sexting’—that is, young people using mobile phones to share images of themselves or others naked or participating in sexual acts. Violent incidents of school bullying have also been published online.

Students should be aware that they may be committing a criminal offence when taking and/or sharing sexual images of themselves or peers who are minors. Creating and/or distributing sexual images with minors may constitute the production and/or distribution of child pornography. If you suspect or are made aware that such activity is happening in your school, you should contact the local police or the Australian Federal Police, or your education authority for more advice.

Along with the risk of committing a criminal offence, students should understand that, once inappropriate material (illegal or not) is published online through computers or mobile phone services, it may exist online forever regardless of any law enforcement action which may or may not be taken. Regardless of its legality, the persistence of such images and text may cause students embarrassment or other difficulties later in life."

Accessed from: cybersafety issues/Inappropriate content/Consequences of creating

Digital Sense - a video produced by Loddon-Mallee cybersafety projects.

CBS (America) discussion of the dangers of 'sexting'.