While the age of consent to sexual activity is 16 in NSW, naked or semi-naked pictures of those under the age of 18 can be defined legally as child pornography, even when those who produce the images are also under the age of 18. Legal cases in Australia and overseas have highlighted the risks to young people who may face registration as sex offenders for participating in sexting.

The Young People and Sexting in Australia study sought young people’s opinions of the legal and educational responses to sexting.

via While at odds with adults on sexting, young people still seek ethical, legal clarity.