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 are able to do this the better. You may be able to stop them passing it on.
The sooner you talk to somebody about the situation the better. This could be your mum, dad 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 seem weird or scary to tell an adult you know 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. In some cases, if the photo has been posted online, we can try and get it taken off the internet. If you want, talk to a counsellor and we can make a report to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) for you.
Childline is a confidential service but for us to make a report on your behalf to the IWF we need you to confirm who you are and your date of birth. Please speak to a counsellor to find out more about what this would involve.