It is illegal for young people aged under 18 to take sexual pictures of each other, or make sexual videos; this is classed as ‘child abuse imagery’, and is illegal even if those involved have consented. It is legal to watch or buy porn when you are 18 years old. However, there are certain subjects or images which are illegal to feature in pornography, including:
- film or images of anyone who is under 18
- film or images showing sexual assault or rape
- film or images involving scenes of life-threatening violence, or acts that are likely to cause serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals.
It’s also illegal for an adult to show a young person under 18 porn, or to allow them to watch it. So anyone sending porn to you could be breaking the law. And remember, what might seem funny or sexy on a clip you find or receive from a friend might actually contain illegal images, which could get you into serious trouble if you send them on.