Children as young of 10 are ‘sexting’ X-rated pictures

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Children as young as 10 have bombarded other youngsters with x-rated pictures of themselves, an Echo police probe has revealed.

Northumbria Police have launched 18 ‘sexting’ - or sex texting - investigations since 2013, involving suspects so young some can’t even legally open a Facebook account.

I’ve added boys on there who seemed nice when I started chatting to them, but soon enough they were just sending me disgusting picture after disgusting picture.

Teenage victim

One teenage girl tormented through app Snapchat said her life was made a misery by sexting.

“Some of the pictures are revolting,” said the girl, who the Echo agreed not to name.

“I’ve added boys on there who seemed nice when I started chatting to them, but soon enough they were just sending me disgusting picture after disgusting picture.”

The girl said it is so common she didn’t even think it would be a crime.

But the Echo’s figures, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, show one primary school pupil - a 10-year-old boy - was visited by police for sending rude snaps through app ooVoo.

Another 12-year-old boy admitted using his mobile to ping vulgar images of himself to a girl.

Both victims were just 11 years old at the time. Both culprits were cautioned.

That’s backed up by the Echo’s figures, which show that in almost half of the ‘sexting’ investigations, no offender was attached to the crime - meaning neither the police nor the victim knew who sent it.

“If you discover your child has sexted, don’t shame them, which can drive the behaviour underground,” said web safety campaigner Alexis Vanni. “Explain the risks – you never know what can happen once they are sent.”