Sexting – How to help keep your child safe

Sexting is when someone shares an intimate photo of themselves with another person via text, BBM, IM or social networking sites like Facebook, Flickr or Twitter etc.

It is very easy for young people to share pictures and videos online. With cameras on every mobile phone, a picture can be posted and shared in an instant so it’s easy to make mistakes and for children and young people to send something that they regret later.

Children and young people might be tempted or persuaded to share nude and underwear pictures – they might share these with their boyfriend or girlfriend or with others they trust; however, doing this can easily led to problems such as bullying or blackmail.

Being involved in sending explicit pictures, where the person in the picture is under the age of 18, can be a criminal offence. This could lead to a young person getting into trouble with the police, affect their chances of getting a job and even limit the countries that they can travel to.

Watch the short film ‘Exposed’ to find out about some of the consequences of sharing nude / underwear images and why your child should think before they share.

The NSPCC have produced a checklist to help you talk to your child about the risks of sexting.

If your child has shared a nude or underwear image of themselves there are things that they can do to take control of the situation. Here’s what parents and carers need to know and how you can help them:

 

If someone has forced your child to send an inappropriate image of themselves you should report them to the Police by calling 101.

To make an online report click on the following link and follow the instructions: www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-report/