Sexting – what do you think?

Stephen Bloor One Minute, Sexual Health

  • How common is sexting among teenagers?
  • Do your learners know the rules?
  • What about the consequences for them?

Forces in England and Wales recorded 6,238 underage “sexting” offences in 2016-17, a rate of 17 a day.

Police said they received reports from children as young as 10.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, said: “There is a worrying upward trend.”

He added social networks needed to remove indecent images more quickly.

The number of cases where under-18s were sharing indecent or prohibited images was up by a third on the 4,681 offences recorded the previous year, and represented a 131% rise on 2014-15, with 2,700 incidents.

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