Sexting is a new form of cybercrime which appears to be growing in Jamaica, especially among teenagers.
The term was first described in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary to mean the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photographs using mobile phones.
Jamaicans must be aware that no form of child or adult pornography, inappropriate photographs or any written defamatory and offensive material should be sent to (especially minors) or redistributed in any public media (Internet, computers, mobiles, etc.) by any receiver.
Under the Cybercrimes Act, it is unlawful to facilitate the distribution of any form of data for the commission of an offence.
Once this activity is detected, necessary steps must be taken and efforts made to contact the police to assist with immediate investigation.
Jamaicans are being urged to be careful and do not become involved in the redistribution of derogative, destructive or dis-turbing photographs or information. This is an illegal act; and everyone who receives and redistributes any offensive or sexual material via a digital media becomes an accessory to the crime.
Online safety tips for you and your children
Monitor children's computer usage online.
Stop posting unnecessary information online.
Use status updates when necessary.
Meet online acquaintances in public spaces.
Take photos of cars and licence plates and send it to friends.
Know the people you add as friends.
Do not post inappropriate photos online.