The need to feel desired can be a big motivator too.
One of the main problems when sexting happens outside of the relationship is that you find it has a different meaning for each of you.
Child Line messageboard CEOP helps young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they’ve met is trying to abuse them.
If you’ve met someone online, or face to face, and they are putting you under pressure to have sex or making you feel uncomfortable you should report to CEOP.
It might seem cumbersome but if you lose your phone, it's going to prevent anyone else accessing your chats.
It is obvious that sometimes sexting gets followed up by actually meeting that person or vice versa and for most partners, this would be far more serious.
Most people would want to know how long it’s been going on and if there have been other ‘sextees’ in the past.
Remember – it’s never too late to get help if you’ve shared something you regret. This means that whatever you say stays between you and Child Line.
You can report photos and videos to the websites they are on or seek help from an adult you trust. They would only need to tell someone else if: Call them on 0800 1111. You can also visit to speak to a counsellor online.