Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others. It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device. The first published use of the term sexting was in a article in the Australian Sunday Telegraph Magazine. Sexting has become more common with the rise in camera phones and smartphones with Internet access, that can be used to send explicit photographs as well as messages. Young adults use the medium of the text message much more than any other new media to transmit messages of a sexual nature,  and teenagers who have unlimited text messaging plans are more likely to receive sexually explicit texts. As a result of sexting being a relatively recent practice, ethics are still being established by both those who engage in it and those who create legislation based on this concept. Whether sexting is seen as a positive or negative experience typically rests on the basis of whether or not consent was given to share the images.
I know this. And yet in October , swept away with the excitement of the birth of my son and probably a little sleep-deprived , I made a terrible mistake. I took a photo of the two of them lying side by side; one in a red Baby-gro, the other in white. Max was already a good two inches longer than the new baby, which I found startling as he was still so tiny, and he had already started to lose some of that crinkly new-baby look. On my way home, I looked at the photo and felt a swell of pride.
A child sex victim has won her fight to get nude images of her - taken by her mother when she was a young girl being subjected to abuse - banned and classified as objectionable. In April last year the Herald revealed the woman was seeking the removal of a number of photographs of herself from prominent New Zealand galleries. The victim claimed all of the photographs were "child pornography masquerading as art" and she has spent the last 12 months campaigning to have them withdrawn from public circulation. For legal reasons the Herald cannot identify the artist, her daughter or any of the photographs. It can now be revealed that the victim has successfully had two of the photographs classified as "objectionable" by the Film and Literature Review Board. Those images are now only available to the victim and cannot be shown anywhere or to anyone else. The board said the other photos could not "reasonably be regarded as sexual in nature" and did not move to restrict them. President Rachael Schmidt-McCleave said the board was bound by legislation and could not take further action - but acknowledged the board was "acutely aware of the gap … that means the victim appears unable to redress the fact that partially nude photographs of her as a young child have been used in this way".
Then she sent the full-length frontal photo to Isaiah, her new boyfriend. They broke up soon after. In less than 24 hours, the effect was as if Margarite, 14, had sauntered naked down the hallways of the four middle schools in this racially and economically diverse suburb of the state capital, Olympia.