Kids Helpline - Sexting

What signs should parents look out for?

Parents need to look out for any overt changes in their child’s behaviour which may give some clue they’ve been the victim of sexting. Such signs may include:

  • Sudden aversion to socialising with friends
  • Disinterest or avoidance of school
  • Self harming behaviours
  • Dropping out of sports or other recreational activities
  • Extreme sleeping behaviour (either lots more or lots less)
  • High anxiety levels showing up as abnormal eg. nail biting or hair pulling, bouts of crying