The first time I ever took a nude, or what I called an artsy nude, was in high school. Then, one day, I realized I could post them, too, from one of my private accounts. I loved turning to paintings of renaissance women and Greek goddesses for inspiration.
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Raymond Arthur does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Young people have always explored their sexuality and shared these experiences with others. A lot of these young people will then go on to share these images with someone they know. These figures, suggest that sharing self-generated sexual images has become just another way for young people to express their sexual selves. But, for some young people, sexting can lead to criminal prosecution along with classification as a sex offender. It counts as an offence of distributing an indecent image of a child and meets the legal definition of child pornography. And this year alone, across the UK the police have investigated thousands of children for sexting including a five-year-old boy in County Durham, and a year-old boy who was cautioned by Northumbria Police. A stark illustration of how cruel the criminal law has become in this regard is illustrated by the example of 12 year old girl in the south of England who was being groomed online by a paedophile. The girl was pressured to send him topless photos. The paedophile cannot be found as he was using an anonymous Instagram account.
VICE Media makes a small commission on products linked in this article. Taking a good naked photo is harder than it looks, even if professionals Instagram influencers, sex workers, and Reddit models make it look easy. Grabbing your smartphone and pointing it at yourself isn't going to give you good results—you're going to need to buy some better stuff. I asked nude selfie experts for advice on how to strike the perfect naked pic, and their suggestions apply to anyone with a body and a desire to get flirty with their camera phone. A lot of the art of taking nudes is about the angles and experimenting with which angles are most flattering for your body.
These pictures can be taken on an electronic device for example, a phone or tablet and shared over the internet. Although teenagers tell us that sharing sexual pictures and videos is not unusual, research shows it is not something that most young people do. In fact, the older a person is the more likely they are to have taken and shared a nude selfie, so adults are much more prolific sharers than young people. Findings also indicated that gender identity impacted the way young people engage with image sharing — with non-binary young people reporting significantly higher rates of both sending and receiving nudes; girls feeling more pressured than boys to send nude images; and boys more likely to share on nude images of others. It is illegal to take, possess or share naked images of anyone under 18 and it is important that your child is aware of this. However, the police recognise that young people may create and share nude selfies because of natural curiosity about sex and exploration in a healthy relationship. The law was created to protect young people, not punish them. Remember: A child will never be in trouble with the police if they have shared a nude image of themselves with an adult.