In a recent article printed in the Guardian they reported that sexting is increasingly becoming normal among teenagers, who often don’t realise they may be acting illegally and could face police action, according to the government’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
The true scale of young people’s sexting activity is unclear, but CEOP is notified of a serious incident on average about once a day, with reports coming from schools, parents or pupils. All involve serious concerns about child protection.
The article goes on to talk about why both boys and girls share images and the potential consequences of their action, and in these cases, the real impact. It is becoming more important that we share incidents like these with young people and the consequences of their actions if they share images, in a factually accurate manner rather than just trying to scare them. In many cases when we have talked to young people about online safety in has come over very clearly that this is what they really want.
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