Have you or a friend sent a naked or sexual photo or video to someone and you regret it? What should you do?
If you have sent a picture or video you regret to a friend or your girlfriend/boyfriend ask them to delete it. If it is posted online un-tag yourself and report it so it can be removed. Ask friends you trust to help hunt down images and delete and/or report them. If you think it would help you could tell a trusted adult at school and they may be able to send a note to students directing them to delete any private photos or videos they have received without naming you.
If someone else posted sexual or naked photos or videos of you online, report them to the service they posted it on. If they are at your school you can report them to a teacher (if you want to). It is not okay for them to share your image without your permission.
If the video or image has already spread don't do anything rash and try to stay calm. You might like to have a free and confidential talk with Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 to figure out the best way to handle the situation.
If the video or photo has spread you might want to tell your parents. It is possible they may find out some other way. They might be upset, angry or in shock, so you might like to ask a sibling/aunty/uncle to help break the news to them, or write a letter or email about it. You can send them a link to the Parents advice page which reminds them to take a breath and gives them some advice on how to help.
It is best to just be honest. Tell them how the video/image was made and where it might have been sent/posted. They will want to know who was involved and whether there was consent from all involved. Their concern is preventing harm to you and other young people.
Avoid looking at the video/image and any comments. Distract yourself by spending time with friends and family that you trust. Remember to stay positive. Many people have had similar experiences. Stay strong, you will be ok.
Need to talk?
To have a free and confidential talk with an experienced Kids Helpline counsellor, visit the KidsHelpline website or give them a call on 1800 55 1800.