You've already shared photos – what now?
When sexting goes badly, it can make you feel ashamed, guilty, embarrassed or anxious about what people might say. This is a natural reaction. The good news is that there are things you can do to make the situation better and prevent it from happening again.
Have an honest conversation with the person you sent the image to. Ask them to delete it. The quicker you're able to do this the better. You can't control what someone will do with an image, but having an honest conversation can help to make sure they won't pass it on.
The sooner you talk to somebody about the situation the better. This could be your mum, dad, carer or a school teacher. Your school will have ways of dealing with these sorts of problems and can confiscate mobiles if they believe they have sexual images on them. The sooner you tell somebody, the more likely you can stop the image from being shared further.
It can feel scary or weird telling someone about sexting. So you can always talk to a counsellor if that’s easier. Our counsellors won’t tell anybody else what happened if you don’t want them to.
If you’re under 18 and an indecent or nude pic of you is posted online then that is against the law. And we can help. If you’re willing to share your details with us and confirm your identity, we can make a report to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) who will contact the website to try and remove it without anyone else being involved. The IWF tries to remove any illegal images posted online. Reporting what’s happened with a counsellor means that we can protect your identity and stop anyone else finding out.
Making a report can be scary, but our counsellors are here to support you and we won’t pass on your information without your permission. You can speak to a counsellor any time or send an email asking to make a report.