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16 Jun

Last year, her lawyer, Christopher Mackie, mounted a constitutional challenge of the conviction. He also argued the conviction was unfair, since adults could legally forward sexts—photos or videos—of other adults.And it’s in this confusing legal landscape that law enforcement and educators are finding new, sometimes conflicting, ways to teach teens about safe sexting.While statistics on the frequency and scope of sexting among Canadian youth are scant, a 2014 Media Smarts survey on media use by 5,436 Canadian students across the country from Grades 4 to 11 found that 15 per cent of the Grade 11 students surveyed had sent a sext, and 36 per cent said they had received one. Gen Fareau, from the Ottawa Police Service, who frequently gives presentations at local schools on the dangers of sexting, says many students are shocked when she tells them it can be a crime.It’s not the photo that’s the problem; it’s what gets done with it and how people’s consent is being violated, she says.It may feel awkward, but it's important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.

This means accepting that sexting is part of teenage life.

“There’s an upside to this, or they wouldn’t be doing it,” says Dobson-Hughes.

“I felt that was the only way I could ever get attention from someone like him,” she says.