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Sexting and the Law

  • Thomas Crofts
  • Eva Lievens
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology book series (PASCY)


This chapter explores the laws that frame sexting with a particular focus on Australia and Europe. International concerns over the impact that new technologies have had on child pornography and child abuse have led to countries strengthening laws to protect children. The chapter analyses how such reforms have impacted on children who engage in sexting and whether children have been criminalised for sexting behaviours. It will be seen that there are differences in how countries approach sexting. This chapter concludes by assessing whether, and what form of, legal response to sexting is appropriate and necessary.


Sexting children’s rights Legislation Non-consensual dissemination of sexual images Privacy Non-legal responses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Crofts
    • 1
  • Eva Lievens
    • 2
  1. 1.Sydney Institute of CriminologyThe University of SydneyCamperdownAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Law, Human Rights CentreGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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