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Young People and Sexting In Australia: Ethics, Representation and the Law

By Kath Albury, Kate Crawford, Paul Byron and Benjamin P. Mathews


The Young People and Sexting in Australia report presents the findings of a qualitative study of young people's understandings of, and responses to, current Australian laws, media and educational resources that address sexting. While there are many definitions of sexting, for the purposes of this report we are referring to the production and distribution of naked or semi-naked photographs via mobile phones and social media. The project involved a review of both international local and academic research as well as popular media addressing sexting, and a review of educational resources for young people. Three focus groups were conducted with young people aged 16 and 17 in 2012, and a working paper based on those findings was then distributed to adult stakeholders in the fields of law enforcement, youth and children's legal support, education, criminology, media and communications, youth work, youth health care, counseling and youth health promotion. This report therefore draws on both the focus group discussions, and a workshop consultation with the adult stakeholder group

Topics: 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified, 180119 Law and Society, Young people, Technology, Sexting, Law, Ethics
Publisher: ARC Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation/Journalism and Media Research Centre, UNSW
Year: 2013
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