‘Sexting’ or what is now known as ‘Youth Produced Sexual Imagery’ is a growing issue for schools at all ages. To help clear up how to approach an incident when it occurs The United Kingdom Centre for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education Group has produced advice for schools and colleges on responding to incidents of ‘sexting’. The guidance called ‘Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people’ has been developed by UKCCIS in partnership with a range of groups including CEOP, Barnado’s, DfE, Safer Internet Centre, NSPCC and the PSHE Association. The advice aims to support Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in tackling the range of issues which these incidents present.
The document includes:
- Responding to disclosures
- Handling devices and imagery
- Risk assessing situations
- Involving other agencies
- Information about preventative education
- Working with parents
- Reporting imagery to providers.
The guidance is very much aimed at Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) and we would recommend that they download the guidance and read through it to ensure they understand the key issues affecting this aspect of Digital Safeguarding.
Don’t forget we have a webinar coming up on Thursday 29th September to look at the new guidance and its impact. To find out more and to book your place, follow this link to our events page