Young Australians are peppered with advice and threats over the dangers of sending explicit images of themselves. But experts say both the law and the curriculum is lagging behind experience, and too often girls take the blame and face the shame. When Erin was 17, she went along to a seminar with her year 11 class where she was told not to photograph herself naked — and definitely not to send such a picture to someone else. An older woman who had experienced first-hand how badly it could go wrong warned that repercussions could come at once, if the image was shared without her consent, or in the future, if it came to the attention of potential employers. This was coming from a fairly liberal and progressive school. Then in person, that makes sex better. But she sometimes worries that those she has sent in the past may one day be circulated without her consent.
‘We blame the victim every time’
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Attwood, F. Mainstreaming sex: The sexualisation of Western culture. London: Taurus. Bond, E. Childhood, mobile technologies and everyday experiences.
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Experts have claimed that the pressure put on young girls to provide sexually explicit photos by boys has recently become a dating norm. Also read: Season's new phones are all about selfies. Cyber safety expert Susan McLean said that every week one or more girls had told her that they feel pressure to reciprocate photos sent by boys and send their photos, the Daily Telegraph reported.