This offence carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment There is a defence that the defendant reasonably believed the person was over 16.
However, this is a defence that can only be used once you have been charged and you're facing a Crown Court trial. However, if it fails: it is an inevitable prison sentence.
If you are the parent of a teenager, then your teen likely uses the internet quite often.
He or she also likely engages in online chat, at least on an occasional basis.
I don’t have a problem with a man telling me I am sexy, but if I acknowledge that, am I setting myself up for these kinds of conversations? But the one thing we know about online communications is that people can be whoever they want to be.