Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this factsheet, you will learn what to do when your child has shared nude or sexual content of themselves and is being blackmailed.

Audience: Parents, caregivers, trusted adults.

Related online course: Teaching Consent To Children

Related education package: eSafety for Kids

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Parent Factsheet: What to do when your child has shared nude or sexual content of themselves and is being blackmailed

Immediate Action

Calmly reassure your child they are safe and no one deserves image-based abuse. Explain that it is illegal to threaten to share nude images of someone and as a trusted adult you will support them through this. Advise your child to stop all communication with the person in question, collect evidence and prepare to report to authorities.


Sharing nudes and sexual content is becoming more common for young people. In a 2017 eSafety survey, nine out of ten young people aged 14 to 17 thought that sexting happened among their peers as a kind of courtship behaviour. One in three said they had actually experienced sexting in some way — whether sending, receiving, asking, being asked, sharing or showing nude or sexual pictures. If your child is sharing explicit content, you can view this factsheet.

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