Children warned over ‘sexting’

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WEARSIDE youngsters are being sent a stark reminder over the dangers they face when sending indecent images of themselves to each other.

Research from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre revealed that 38 per cent of 11 to 16-year-olds have received a sexually explicit or distressing text or email, with 70 per cent admitting to knowing the sender.

To stress its message, CEOP has launched a 10-minute film that encourages young people to think about their actions, how they affect others and their lives in the future.

Peter Davies, chief executive of the CEOP Centre, said: “We know that young people are increasingly using technology not only to stay in touch but to explore their sexuality and to push the boundaries in what they send and to whom they send it.

“It is now so easy to send pictures instantly via emails and texts that we are seeing instances of boys or girls sending sexual images of themselves to others without considering the consequences.

“They often find out later that the image has been passed on to many others and as a result they can be the victims of bullying or harassment.”

The film, along with lesson plans and activities, has been produced in consultation with leading children’s charities and education practitioners and can be found at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers