Sexting: Exposed

by John Hayward


I recently mentioned a local teenage girl who has attempted to commit suicide three times as a direct consequence of feeling humiliated after a former boyfriend made public a ‘revealing’ photo that she had given to him. Figures published by the charity Beatbullying last August revealed that almost two in five 11 to 17-year-olds has received a sexually explicit or distressing text or email and one in four has received an offensive sexual image.

Today a new ten-minute film aimed at 14 to 18 year olds is released in which a teenage girl, distressed after indecent images she sent to her boyfriend appear on the internet, warns young people to ‘think before you send’ sexy images of themselves to other people.  The following is a short trailer for the film:

Supporting materials are available for teachers and trainers to download from the Thinkuknow website. Do spread the word to any parents or teachers that you know – and if you are a parent, why not make sure you are happy with the parent controls on all the internet-enabled devices that your child has access to in your home and their friends’ homes, or even check out a free service such as OpenDNS to help keep your family safe online.

Safer Internet Day (SID) 2011 is an initiative of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) Centre.

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February, 2011

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