Sharing nude photos is part of everyday life for many young people – with research finding almost four in 10 teens know someone who has shared naked photos or videos.
That research, by internet safety organisation Netsafe, also found that three in 10 teens were aware of another young person who had received content they did not request.
And while sending naked images or videos is a reality for many youth, more needs to be done to help them understand the risks surrounding sending nudes, such as them being distributed in ways the sender didn’t intend for.
Netsafe and the Classification Office of New Zealand have launched a new campaign, Bare Facts, to teach young people and their families about what happens to intimate images once they leave their phone and why consent is important.
Chief censor David Shanks says nudes can be expected at certain points of a relationship.
“As one young person told us: ‘Relationships have a sort of progression as they go along, and some people might think that sending nudes is a part of that’.
“As media regulators we see a lot of the harms that come from intimate images and we also know that sharing images like this is a reality for our rangatahi.”
The campaign is also about sparking open conversations between young people and their whānau, peers and teachers about these issues.
Source: New Zealand Herald
Original publication 13 June, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 21st June 2021
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