Sexting and the Law

Thomas Crofts, Eva Lievens

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This chapter explores the laws that frame sexting with a particular focus on Australia and Europe. International concerns over the impact that new technologies have had on child pornography and child abuse have led to countries strengthening laws to protect children. The chapter analyses how such reforms have impacted on children who engage in sexting and whether children have been criminalised for sexting behaviours. It will be seen that there are differences in how countries approach sexting. This chapter concludes by assessing whether, and what form of, legal response to sexting is appropriate and necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSexting
Subtitle of host publicationMotives and risk in online sexual self-presentation
EditorsMichel Walrave, Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet, Jeff R. Temple
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783319718828
ISBN (Print)9783319718811, 9783030101268
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology


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