Netsafe says young New Zealanders 'realistic about the risk' of sharing nude images online

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The head of Netsafe said those aged 14 to 17-year-old have a "better handle on the risk" of sending nude images than those who are slightly older. 

New research shows 14 to 17-year-olds have a "better handle" on the issue than those who are slightly older.
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This comes following new research from Netsafe released yesterday, which said while one-in-four females and almost one-in-seven males are receiving requests for nude images.

Only four per cent are responding, however. 

Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker said 14 to 17-year-olds are "realistic about the longevity of their relationships and recognise the risks" of sharing these images.

"Young people are mostly aligned with our views," said. 

"They don’t see it as a particularly great way to get to know people."

However, he said with the 14 to 17-year-olds, the number responding was higher with each age, with 17 per cent of 17-year-olds responding to requests.

"I suspect as we go up, 18, 19, 20 (years-old) the number continues to rise." 

Mr Cocker said research points to those in their late teens and early twenties being the ones to send the most images, but said the research would have to be conducted to confirm that. 

"It certainly looks that way." 

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