Young people think sexting and cyber bullying penalties are too harsh

Most students believe that people under the age of 18 should not be placed on the sex offender register or be charged with child pornography offences for peer-to-peer sexting according to a survey undertaken by University of New South Wales.

Of the 1,000 students (aged between 12 and 17) surveyed, half had experienced or knew someone who had experienced cyber bullying and over a third had been asked, or knew someone who had been asked to engage in sexting.

Most thought that sexting and cyber bullying should be against the law, but the study found many young people are still unaware of the criminal nature of these online behaviours.

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