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Kids as Young as 11 Posting Naked Selfies of Themselves

July 27, 2015


We must empower our vulnerable students with the courage to resist making the bad decisions that will impact them significantly down the track. Sexting is not an innocent exercise. It is an act designed to persuade someone to do something that they would ordinarily want no part of.

The trick is not to introduce a classroom program, but rather build up the confidence of our more vulnerable students.


Schoolchildren as young as 11 have been caught using their mobile phones to send naked selfies and sexting.

Parents are on alert after a special team of police, whose remit includes child protection, has been dealing with ‘sexting’ cases involving kids at primary schools.

And officers are urging mums and dads to be aware of the dangers facing their children, reports the Daily Record.

Detective Chief Inspector Fil Capaldi, who leads the Public Protection Unit at Renfrew Police Office, said: “We have dealt with cases involving primary seven pupils.



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‘Sexting’ Added to the Curriculum. Really?

July 13, 2015

Sext ed


Is there anything we teachers can actually leave to the parents to cover?

Perhaps we should do a swap. I’ll cover sexting, sex ed, gambling, drugs, smoking and hygiene and the parents can concentrate on algebra, Shakespeare and physics.

Covering these important topics only sends the message to parents that they can forgo their responsibilities to teachers who neither command the same respect nor have the same impact as they do.


Sext ed will be part of the curriculum for Los Angeles students this fall.

The LA Unified School District will roll out a broad plan to educate students on the dangers of sharing sexually explicit photos via texting and the Internet.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that schools will get video, lesson plans and handouts for students.

District Police Chief Steven Zipperman says the campaign will teach students about violations of child pornography and obscenity laws that can come with sexting along with the personal consequences.

Zipperman says the district primarily wants students to think before hitting “send.”

Jeff Temple, a Texas professor who has co-authored a sexting study, says he hopes the curriculum gives facts without exaggerating the risks of sexting, and emphasizes the importance of consent.


Click on the link to read The Pressure on Girls to Engage in Sexting is Unacceptable

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Click on the link to read Sexting Reaches our Primary Schools





The Pressure on Girls to Engage in Sexting is Unacceptable

October 17, 2013


On this very blog I have been castigated by readers for calling sexting a very serious and problematic pastime.  Some of my readers have insisted that sexting is just an innocent activity synonymous with a teenager’s tendency to be flirtatious and experiment with new ways of expressing their sexuality.

I couldn’t disagree more.

Like many other forms of controlling behaviour, it is often designed to pressure impressionable teens (mainly girls) to conform in a way that may lead them to serious humiliation in the short and long terms. Whilst sexting can be consensual, the research shows that is often done due to great pressure and with great reluctance:

Six out of 10 teenagers say they have been asked for sexual images or videos, an NSPCC/ChildLine survey seen by the BBC’s Newsnight programme suggests.

Of those questioned, 40% said they had created a sexual image or video, and about a quarter said they had sent one to someone else by text.

The NSPCC’s head, Peter Wanless, said “sexting” was getting much more common.

“These results show that sexting is increasingly a feature of adolescent relationships,” he told Newsnight.

“It is almost becoming the norm that a young person in a relationship should share an explicit image of themselves,” he said.

For the survey, NSPCC and ChildLine spoke to 450 teenagers from across the country.

Of those who had sent an image or video to someone else by text, 58% said the image had been sent to a boyfriend or girlfriend, but a third said they had sent it to someone they knew online but had never met.

About 15% said they had sent the material to a stranger.

Jonathan Baggaley National Crime Agency, Ceop command

Of those who said they had sent a photo to someone, 20% said it had then been shared with other people, while 28% said they did not know if their picture had been shared with anyone else.

More than half (53%) of those questioned said they had received a sexual photo or video, a third of whom had received it from a stranger.


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30 Per Cent of Teens Have Sent Naked Images of Themselves Online: Report

July 18, 2012

If this survey is a reflection of teenagers as a whole, we have a lot of work to do:

Parents who don’t think their teens are sexting may be in for a rude awakening.

Nearly 30 percent of teens say they’ve sent nude photos of themselves via text or E-mail, according to a study published earlier this month in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Another 57 percent report being asked to send naked pictures, according to the study, which surveyed close to 1,000 Houston-area high school students, ages 14 to 19.

Should those teens oblige, both the sender and the receiver could face serious consequences. Those private photos could resurface online or even land the teens on a sex offender list.

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Sexting Reaches our Primary Schools

May 28, 2012

We don’t need another useless educational program preaching to children about the dangers of sexting. They are preachy, don’t work and make children uncomfortable. What we need is a strong approach consisting of two important elements.

1. Clear and unambiguous consequences for those involved in sexting; and

2. Schools need to focus more squarely on setting up an environment that encourages its students to respect themselves. This kind of behaviour comes about from an abject lack of respect for one’s self. Schools should work on their culture and environment to ensure that their students are best placed to make good decisions, not just because they are sensible, but because they have an inbuilt sense of self and a regard for who they are and what they do with their lives.

Without this approach, nothing will properly discourage children from this potentially dangerous practice:

PRIMARY school children are engaging in “sexting” and experts believe parents are at a loss as to what to do about it.

UniSA academic Lesley-Anne Ey says research shows some pre-teens are taking and sending out sexually explicit photographs.

“There’s research saying the phenomenon is out there for children at primary school and I think parents might be a bit uninformed about it,” she said.

“They may think it is a risk when their children are adolescents but it’s unlikely they would think younger children would engage or be aware of that kind of behaviour.”

Ms Ey said educating children about the dangers of “sexting”, either by mobile phone or internet, had reached a point where it must be dealt with before they reached puberty.

“We need to start addressing this at primary school,” she said. “I think it’s too late when you start going into school at Years 8 or 9.”

Child protection expert Professor Freda Briggs said potential young offenders needed to be made more aware of the repercussions.

“Parents and schools need to be making young people aware that this is a criminal offence,” she said. “It’s a huge community issue and most parents don’t know what they can do about it. I think a lot of people have given up.”

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