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What sexting might look like, on a mobile phone, using Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus

Sexting is the act of sending sexually suggestive electronic messages, mainly between mobile phones.[1] The term became popular during the early 21st century. The term is a portmanteau of sex and texting.

The term was first used in print in 2005 in Australia.[2] A naked picture that you make of yourself is sometimes called a nelfie, a mix of the words naked and selfie.[3]

If adults exchange such pictures, this is not a problem. The problem starts when children do this: The image of a teenager or child with little clothes may be child pornography. Many countries have laws against child pornography. This usually includes penalties for owning or spreading such images.

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  1. "Sexting". North Jersey. Retrieved Mar 25, 2015.
  2. Roberts, Yvonne (31 July 2005). "The one and only". Sunday Telegraph Magazine. Sydney, Australia: News Corp Australia. p. 22. Following a string of extramarital affairs and several lurid "sexting" episodes, Warne has found himself home alone, with Simone Warne taking their three children and flying the conjugal coop. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. Lane, Naomi (23 March 2016). "Chelsea Handler Shares NUDE SELFIE for Reese Witherspoon's Birthday!". The Hollywood Gossip.