Police are warning teenagers about ‘sexting’ after a boy was blackmailed over nude images he sent to a person who befriended him on Facebook.

The Adelaide teenager allegedly sent explicit images to someone he met online before they threatened him.

According to local media, the ‘friend’ threatened to publish the nude images unless he transferred money to them.

The incident has come as a timely reminder for both parents and children about the dangers of befriending people online and sexting.

Leonie Smith, the Cyber Safety Lady, says “Stolen photos is a massive operation, and one of the reasons is because of fake accounts,” she says. “So Twitter, Instagram are absolutely loaded with fake accounts and for every fake account they need a fake photo. So where do they get them from? People’s profiles.”

We need to remember to teach our kids from a young age to say NO to private images being shared to people they don’t feel comfortable with.

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  • How awful!! I have never, and will never, sent anyone nude pictures of myself, even to people I know. Who knows what could happen or where they’d end up!


  • Online safety is really a big issue in today’s society. This practice is far too frequent to be acceptable. I hope the boy involved is all right.


  • there are some crazy silly people in this world. Kids unfortunately don’t realise that online means forever!!!

    • yeah they just don’t have that concept or they think that it won’t happen to them


  • yeah i just don’t understand this whole obsession! stop sending pics to strangers!


  • Glad they caught the person. Education is not always they key as some teenagers think they know best


  • Education around online communication is so important these days. As parents we really need to push online safety and privacy messages from a young age.


  • So very important to educate and re-educate kids about this stuff constantly. How terrible for this boy.


  • Unbelievable!! I hope they will be able to catch that person before he/she starts blackmailing more people!!


  • The internet really does have a dark side. I hope young people stop doing this sort of thing


  • Good grief, how awful for that poor boy and his family. I’m sure he’s learned a valuable lesson but how awful and scary for him. A good read for parents to remind them to talk with their kids and keep them safe online and with mobile phones. Teenagers aren’t always very good at seeing the big picture.


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