SPIRTO: Self-Produced Images – Risk Taking Online

The SPIRTO project finished on 31 May 2015. This website remains online as a reference archive.

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Research findings – Young people who produce and send nude images: Context, motivation and consequences
Literature review – Motivational, lifestyle and personality factors influencing adolescent sexting practices
New resources materials – Nude selfies: What parents and carers need to know
FINAL REPORT – Overview of the work achieved by the SPIRTO Project

Self-produced sexual images (and sometimes texts) have become an increasing source of interest and concern by specialist agencies such as law enforcement and educationalists, as well as the general public. The production of these images is often referred to as sexting (although seemingly not by many young people themselves)..

Our understanding of sexting needs to recognise the complexity of sexting behaviour and be able to make a distinction between consensual and non-consensual creation and distribution of sexual images. This research is a response to the need for recognition of both the multifaceted nature of sexual interactions.

European Union flag SPIRTO is a research project funded for 24 months (December 2012 – November 2014) by the European Union’s Safer Internet Programme as a Knowledge Enhancement Project.