A new iPad app designed to inform and educate teenagers on the social and legal consequences of sexting is now available on iTunes.

‘There’s No Such Thing As Safe Sexting’ was produced by Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College as part of the Bully Stoppers grants program.

‘Sexting’ involves sending sexually explicit photos or videos by mobile phone, app, chat, social networking or email. It is an issue that has arisen among teenagers in recent years with increased use of digital technology.

Young people are naturally curious and interested in exploring sexuality. They are also exposed to a wide range of sexual imagery; in songs, video clips, movies, advertising and online. This can promote the idea that sexual behaviour has no repercussions. The reality is more complicated and young people often only become aware of this after the event.

Sexting is a serious issue. It is a criminal offence to take, possess, or transmit an image of a naked person under the age of 18.

Bully Stoppers provides information and tips to help students and parents deal with sexting and other online issues such as cybersafety and cyberbullying.

For more information go to the following link http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/default.aspx