Today, a lot of internet communication takes place in the form of photos or videos. Unlike those you used to share only with a restricted circle of people a few years ago, images posted on the internet are accessible to all and in particular they can be shared without the owner being aware of it.
People too often forget this aspect when they send photos to people they don't know but who they have just "met" on the internet. After establishing a climate of trust, some people encourage someone they have contacted to undress or send nude photos. In the event of a refusal, they resort to threats and various forms of blackmail.
Sharing a photo of you nude or in a state of undress may have long-term consequences, since it can be used without you knowing it. Imagine how you would feel if your parents, your friends or your teachers could see you in your birthday suit?
If you are in contact with this type of person and are subjected to threats or blackmail, you should contact the police directly.
If you know of a site where images of you have published against your will, you can contact the site owner and ask that for these photographs to be taken down. Some sites even provide functions to report undesirable content. In any case, that in no way affects you right to file a complaint against the person who published these photos. To substantiate your complaint, think about taking screenshots and keeping a note of the addresses of sites where these images are posted.
- Do not share your intimacy with just anybody.
- Never send compromising photographs or videos to somebody you have hardly met on the internet, even if you think they are the love of your life. It may cost you a lot (not just in money but in terms of your reputation). And if you can't resist, at least avoid showing your face.
- If you find yourself in a delicate situation, talk to someone you trust. If the threats are serious or if photos of you are circulating or are to be found on dodgy websites, don't wait until they've gone round the whole world: contact the police immediately.