Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has been involved in researching the extent to which teeangers are texting inappropriate imagery. They believe that they are seeing a marked increase in the number of reports where teenagers appear to have taken stills or video imagery of themselves which is then shared online – either by themselves or by others. This is put down to the increased use of technology by youngsters compared to the past.
Unfortunately, some of the imagery is leading to bullying and harrassment, or in the worst cases, it is ending up in the hands of adults who use the images inappropriately.
Any person, even if they themselves are a minor, in possession of an indecent image of a minor, would technically be breaking the laws laid down in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. However, each case would be dealt with on its own merit by the Crown Prosecution Service.