MONTREAL - Quebec’s provincial police issued a warning Tuesday advising youth that possessing a photo of a minor on their cell phone or computer constitutes a serious crime.

The SQ said that it has become increasingly common for kids to send nude photos of themselves to peers but they point out that possessing, sending, or accessing a photo of a nude minor is a serious criminal act, as it constitutes possession of child pornography.

Police invite those with questions to consult their site and welcome tips about the cyber-exploitation of youth at this site.