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  • Think before you act – remember that once you’ve sent something you can’t get it back or control who sees it, and that a photo or message might become public and be available for people to see for many years to come.

  • Don’t send nude or semi-nude photos of yourself to others and don’t forward any sent to you.

  • If you receive a sexually explicit text or photo, delete it immediately and don’t forward to anyone else. Tell the person who sent it you don’t want any more texts like this. If the texts keep coming report the situation to your phone company/provider, who must act to warn the sender. If this does not work go to the Police.

  • Remember that drinking and/or taking drugs can impact on your ability to make a safe decision ie taking a photo or sending a message you wouldn’t normally take/send if you were sober. Be aware of your behaviour in these situations as others have phones too!

  • Think about your future and how you want people to see you – even if you trust someone, a picture taken now can have the potential to damage relationships and your career down the track. Your digital reputation is very important.

  • Don’t feel pressured into sending texts you don’t feel comfortable with – as with any sexual behaviour, you have the right to say ‘no’.

  • As a general rule, don’t have anything on your phone you would be embarrassed about if your phone got lost/stolen.

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