A teenage girl and her boyfriend have been given police cautions for sharing an explicit photo of her, Nottinghamshire police said yesterday.
This is a growing problem for the police, who struggle to keep up with the habits of teenagers and keep them informed of dangers.
Forces across the country are giving talks and producing leaflets to let people know the risks. The Nottinghamshire case shows that police are usually lenient for first-time offences, but the legislation governing this makes no allowances for minors.
Aside from the legal risks, schools and children's charities are keen to stress that compromising pictures are often shared with many people against the sender's will, leaving people open to ridicule, abuse, and blackmail.