A survey carried out on behalf of the Southampton Rape Crisis has looked at the extent of sexting amongst children.  They surveyed 7000 children and found that girls as young as 12 were sending explicit pictures of themselves to their boyfriends. (Source: CYP)

The e-Safety for parents course has a module on Sexting and below is an extract from the course:

It cannot be stressed enough that when a picture is texted or put onto the Internet you have lost control of that picture and it is vital that children are made aware of what could happen to these images; for example: a sexually explicit image will become a “collectors item” for a paedophile; a child abuser could use this image as a way of blackmailing the young person in to producing more images; so-called friends could pass this image around the school etc.

The potential issues surrounding sexting are four-fold:

  • Loss of control of the images
  • Cyberbullying
  • Legality
  • Grooming

Taking explicit images between teenagers may seem innocent to some. Many believe that this is a natural part of the growing up process and the exploration of sexuality. However it must be remembered that taking and distributing these types of images is illegal and could render the perpetrator onto the sex offenders register.

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