Frequently Asked Questions - Teens

FAQs - Teens
If you correspond with someone under the age of 16 years with the intent to ‘groom’ or ‘lure’ that child (as described in the Act) you will be liable for prosecution. When dealing in an anonymous environment for the purposes of establishing a personal relationship (such as chat rooms; social networking areas etc.), every person has a duty to ensure that the other person with whom they are communicating is not a child. You should be aware that there are other offences in the Criminal Code outside the Criminal Code Amendment Act 2007 that may apply if you have a relationship with someone under the age of 18 years.
It is possible an offence could be committed in this manner. If the victim is under the age of 16 years and the photograph or video constitutes child abusive material or child pornography then an offence could be committed.
Under no circumstances should you forward this material to anyone. Doing so would be an offence under the Act and could have serious repercussions. You should promptly report this activity to the Police.
You should not allow young children to watch adult oriented material. If you do so knowing that the material was unsuitable you may have committed an offence under the Act.

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