This should go without saying, but if you want to remain anonymous in the event your photos end up in the wrong hands, be sure that no one can confirm it's you at a glance. Also be aware of any tattoos, birth marks, abnormalities, or unique features on your body that someone may recognize.All it takes is one person to recognize that unicorn tattoo just above your left hip to tie a name to that photo.If you're editing photos to hide your face after you take them, don't blur your face—block it out entirely.
The rule with sexting is that if you don't want everyone to see photos of you, don't send them to anyone.
This is good advice, but it's also an "abstinence only" approach.
If you decide to go through with it, there are ways to protect yourself.
Increasing numbers of girls are being persuaded to send boys explicit images of themselves - but the photographs can often be used to blackmail them through sharing via Facebook and Blackberry messaging.
Experts believe increasingly sexualised media and video games could be to blame - with one delegate telling how a boy of just seven said he liked playing Grand Theft Auto 'because you get to rape people'.
'We have seen examples of it in children of 11 or 12 but generally it is in students from 14 onwards.A lot of it is where a teenage couple's relationship has broken down and the girl is blackmailed with the threat that the photos she sent when they were together will be shown to everyone.Before we say anything else on the subject: we don't generally recommend sending saucy pics over the internet.We've talked about this before, and our opinion hasn't changed.Just like sex in the real world, abstinence is the only thing that's 100% safe.However, we also know some of you are going to do it anyway—so again, just like sex in the real world, we think it's important to educate you on how to do it safely.