Topic: Sexting

Please be reminded that Safe4me is NOT a standalone resource; it is designed as a toolkit to support teachers and professionals to deliver information on a range of topics to young people specific to the Law, Consequences and Personal Safety only. As such, it is recommended that the facilitator take steps to ensure that other related aspects of this topic specific to health and wellbeing are also covered in additional lessons to ensure the subject is explored in full.

Resources provided in the tool-kits are designed to be flexible and adaptable to meet individual needs, suitability and time constraints of the user and their audience. Adaptable for KS3, KS4 and H/E (Post16), the modular layout enables the user to explore the content in bite-size ‘stages’ across one, or multiple lessons/inputs.

There is a significant amount of resources provided by a host of organisations which provide valuable advice and materials to support professionals and parents. The link below provides access to a directory of useful resources and information to tackle the issue of sexting and youth generated sexual content.


  1. To raise awareness to reasons why young people ‘sext’
  2. To raise awareness of risks, actions, outcomes and effects of ‘sexting’
  3. To raise awareness of law, offences, and consequences of ‘sexting’
  4. To develop knowledge of how and where to get support and advice

Learning Outcomes

  • Improve understanding of common reasons why young people send naked and/or sexualised photos
  • Improve understanding of risks and effects of sending/posting naked/sexual images online
  • Improve understanding of the law and offences associated to indecent images of children U18
  • Increase awareness of support services and how to access them in school. locally and nationally

Lesson Resources

The tabs below give access to the information and activities needed to cover the aims and outcomes of this topic.

Presenting the content in modular stages, enables the user to take a flexible and focussed approach to delivering the information in one, or multiple lessons/inputs.

Stage 1 -4 provide activities that align with the corresponding aim and learning outcome; use of all 4 will ensure all aims and outcomes have been met.

Welfare Advice

Safe4me recognises the importance of planning and preparing young people for learning, especially when topics are sensitive, as many in the Safe4me resource library are. As such, we recommend users read the guidance below prior to using Safe4me resources. The guidance highlights points for consideration to safeguard young people, as well as ensuring the best possible learning experience and outcomes for them.


  • Ensure pupils have been prepared for the topic prior to this lesson and any necessary welfare advice given.
  • Ensure concerns for any child who may have been affected by experiences relating to the topic have been considered and addressed.
  • Be aware of your establishment’s safeguarding policy regarding disclosures, concerns for welfare and safety; if in doubt, contact Hampshire Police on 101 for advice.
  • Be mindful of subject sensitivity when asking questions; avoid personalising or directing questions at individuals, i.e. ‘Has anyone ever seen/done/been affected by……’
  • Ensure pupils/young people know they are not expected to give real life experiences
  • Explain procedure for leaving the class/the group if they feel upset or uncomfortable; where and who to go to.
  • Given the sensitivity of the topic, consider those who may wish to ask questions, express views or share their experiences in ways other than verbally or in front of their peers. i.e. ‘post box’ or email option
  • Consider planning follow-on work, linking the learning with associated topics for a joined up learning experience.

Ground Rules

  • Explain aims and objectives, approach, and the value of exploring the topic, allowing pupils time to prepare themselves for learning
  • Explain the considerations needed when contributing to discussion. i.e. feelings and values of others
  • Inform pupils of boundaries: what is expected, what won’t be tolerated and any subsequent consequences
  • Explain value of peer-learning, sharing values, views and knowledge; also emphasis the equal importance and value of listening.

Getting started

The resources provided in the start section of this toolkit are designed to capture base knowledge and prepare pupils/young people for learning about the topic; some of the activities can be re-visited later to evidence the learning journey.

Activity guide sheet

Contains suggested starter activities and links.

Stage 1: Why Sext?

Stage 1 of 4: Provides resources to facilitate a group discussion and presentation activity which tasks pupils/young people to explore the four most common reasons why young people sext: take, send, post or share nude and sexual pictures with others.

Peer Pressure – Media Influence – Exploitation – Relationships

Activity guide sheet

Stage 2: Actions, Effects and Consequences

Stage 2 of 4:  A 2-part activity providing resources to facilitate a group discussion and presentation task for pupils/young people to explore 4  common reasons why young people sext: take, send, post or share nude and sexual pictures with others.

Peer Pressure – Blackmail – Exploitation – Relationships

Part 1 of 2 (Part 2 is covered in stage 3)

Activity guide sheet

Stage 3: Law and Offences

Stage 3 of 4:  Activity to facilitate group discussion and presentation task for pupils/young people, building on the same scenarios used in stage 2.

Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 explored in stage 2)

Peer Pressure – Blackmail – Exploitation – Relationships

Activity guide sheet

Signposting to Support and Advice

Links to recommended resources and options to signpost young people to relevant support and advice.

Signposting guide sheet

Finishing up

Activities and resources to capture individual and group learning are provided in the finishing up sheet accessible from the button below.

Options include re-visiting original activities used at the start or using others to evidence knowledge and understanding, and/or assess changes to views and attitudes through discussion.

Activity guide sheet

Contains suggestions and links to the resources.

Home-Extended Learning

Activities and resources in this section can be accessed via the link below; suggested tasks are optional for use in lessons or at home as a means to expand on the learning through linking associated topics.

Activity options sheet

Information for Parents and Carers

The information provided in this section aims to inform parents of the current risks and concerns associated to sexting. It provides links to support and tools to help them keep their children safe online.

Parent and Guardian Resources

Support for parents from other organisations

So you got Naked Online: Toolkit from the South West Grid for Learning to support parents and young people who may have sent an image online.

The world changes. Children don’t: Romeo & Juliet inspired approach to support parents from the Child Exploitation Online Protection Command ThinkuKnow Resource.

Report incidents to CEOP

UK Safer Internet Centre: Resources for parents

Internet Providers can help…

Most mobile phone and social media providers offer help and support for parents with blocking and reporting incidents. For more information contact the site or your provider for more advice.

Hampshire Police can provide support and advice; call 101 for more information. If your child is in immediate danger call 999.