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‘Sexting’ on the rise

5th August 2009

The number of children ‘sexting’ explicit photos to one another is on the rise, according to a charity.

Sexting is the term given to sending sexually-explicit messages or photos via mobile phone or the internet and Beatbullying’s statistics show it to be one of the biggest threats facing young people.

The charity said it can lead to humiliation and bullying and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has warned the pictures “could be seen by your child’s future employers, their friends or even by paedophiles”.

A survey of people between the ages of 11 and 18 by Beatbullying found that 38 per cent had received a sexually-explicit or distressing text or email, with 70 per cent of those knowing the sender of the message.

Emma-Jane Cross, chief executive of Beatbullying, said: “We don’t want to inhibit young people in their exploration of sexuality, but it is important that parents and schools are aware that sexting is a significant issue amongst our children and young people.”

The CEOP also warned that children could be breaking the law under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 by sending such messages.

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