Dangers of Sharing Intimate Images (video for parents and educators) - Transcript
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Nova Scotia RCMP Youth Cybercrime Advisory Committee presents
The Dangers of Sharing Intimate Images
So what is an intimate image?
An intimate image is a visual recording of a person. This includes photos and videos in which a person is nude, exposing their genitals, butt or breasts or is engaged in sexual activity.
We asked our Youth Cybercrime Advisory Committee what they think about sharing intimate images and how students can protect themselves. Here's what they had to say.
(Youth are sitting in chairs facing the camera. Text on the bottom of the screen reads, "Filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic.")
Interviewer: Is this something you think happens a lot for youth?
Youth: All the time.
Interviewer: So you think people are asking for images all the time?
Youth: 24/7. Yeah, every day.
Interviewer: Is this something that happens a lot?
Youth: All the time. Yeah.
Interviewer: It happens a lot?
Youth: Yeah. Yes.
Interviewer: Yeah. Definitely. One hundred per cent.
Youth: It's very casual and people will be messaging somebody randomly and, like, you won't expect it, and then all of a sudden it's like, whoa.
At times it's not even full sentences. Just text. Nudes, question mark.
They usually say, "send", with a question mark, or, "send pics", or something like that.
I think, like, seventh grade is where it kind of starts and then it gets bigger in eighth grade. And then as it goes...
I believe some are as young as 13, as in, like, grade seven, where they get asked for pictures like that.
It's when people are coming more into technology and like...
Interviewer: Yeah, when you get your first cell phone.
Youth: Yeah. Yeah.
Interviewer: Why do you think youth are sharing intimate images?
Youth: They want to fit in. They think it's cool, I guess.
Yeah. Like you said, they see other people doing it, they want to be a part of it.
normalized, so they don't see the big issue.
Everything we do nowadays is so much with the Internet. So they think, oh, this is just normal. This is what happens.
I think they do it because they've heard some of their other friends doing it.
Because they want attention, affection, and a lot of people feel pressured into it and they just don't know how to say "no" to it.
Their own use and some people ask for it for the wrong reasons. Just kind of spread it around friend groups and all that.
Interviewer: And why do you think youth feel pressured to send or ask for intimate images?
Youth: Again, like, it's almost, like, a normal thing. So, like, if you don't, then you're not considered normal, but if you do, then you're, like, considered a slut or something like that. Yeah.
I think some people are insecure and they're looking for validation from others.
Not as, "Oh, I'm being pressured. I'm scared to do it," it's just, you're doing it and that's how normalized or common it's become, is that it no longer feels like you're pressured.
In the moment, they feel as if it's a good idea to send someone those images when some people will use those images against you and kind of, like, blackmail you for anything and say, like, "If you don't do this, I'm going to send these images you sent me around to, like, my friends and around everywhere."
Interviewer: Do you think this is something youth are talking to their parents about?
Youth: No, no. Probably not. Definitely not. No.
It's one of those things you don't really, because it's so easy not to bring up that stuff, because from bringing up that stuff you bring up issues, then you have to be vulnerable and then judgment or getting in trouble, so it's so much easier just to not say it in the first place.
And talking to your parents about anything sexual, in general, you feel it's kind of awkward.
A lot of parents aren't open with their kids like that.
Interviewer: So, what do you think youth can do to protect themselves if somebody asks them for an intimate image?
Youth: Don't do it.
Don't do it, yeah. Just just say, "no". It's just as simple as being, "no."
I have on my all of my social medias, there's privacy settings that I put up and everything like that.
A lot of kids are just so scared of telling their parents anything, honestly. Yeah, and I think, like, a lot of that does fall back on the parents because they need to talk to their kids and let them know, like, "You can talk to me about anything. And sure, there's consequences to anything you do, but you always have a safe place with me. You can trust me to help you out."
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If you have concerns about an intimate image, reach out to your local police.
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