Some adults and professionals consider sexting ‘… sending or posting of sexually suggestive images via mobile phones’. Young people tend to think of it as sharing explicitly written or intimate messages with friends. Parents also tend to think of messages rather than images.
More recently, following deficiencies in existing legislation, together with need for greater clarity for law enforcement agencies, education authorities and criminal justice systems, greater emphasis has been placed on a definition which covers the creation and sharing of sexual photos and videos of under-18s. Predominantly this activity is illegal in many countries. It also leads to the greatest complexity for schools and other agencies in response.