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Farrer & Co | Alert to Pupils: The legal dangers of sexting - what children, young people and adults working with them need to know

There is a growing concern amongst parents, teachers, professionals working with young people and those in law enforcement about the risks to which young people are being increasingly exposed through their online activities.  Radicalisation and exposure to extremist propaganda is one very topical concern, and is only likely to grow as a threat.  However one concern which has been around for some time now, but where the scale of the threat has increased considerably, is that of illegal sexting – or the transfer online of indecent images of children – by which the law means of any minor under the age of 18.

David Smellie examines the risk of young people being criminalised by committing criminal offences of which they were unaware – and in the process bringing on themselves and their families potentially life changing consequences through being cautioned or convicted and placed the Sex Offenders Register.

Please click here to view the briefing in full. 

If you require further information on anything covered in this briefing please contact David Smellie (david.smellie @farrer.co.uk; 020 3375 7394), or your usual contact at the firm on 020 3375 7000.

This publication is a general summary of the law. It should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

© Farrer & Co LLP,  February 2016

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