Sexting is where people exchange messages, images or videos of a sexual nature through digital platforms. It is a form of communication that can occur between friends, partners, and people you have met online. It refers explicitly to self-generated content and usually involves sexually explicit messages consisting of naked pictures, underwear pictures, and erotic messages
- NSPCC – Sexting Research Summary – http://test-web.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/research-reports/sexting-research-summary.pdf
- Thinkuknow will provide good advice for both you and your child. It will have advice for children of all ages to help them learn how to stay safe online.
- Internetmatters.org works to provide extra guidance and tips on how to keep your child safe online.
- The anti-bullying-alliance and Kidscape are both useful platforms for both you and your child.
- http://swgfl.org.uk/products-services/online-safety/resources/So-You-Got-Naked-Online/Content/Sexting-Toolkit – link for the website which offers further advice for young adults.
Helplines for you and your child
- NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 (PARENT)
- CHILDLINE: 0800 1111 (CHILD)
- CONTACT THE INTERNET WATCH FOUNDATION IF YOU WANT TO REPORT A SEXUALLY EXPLICIT IMAGE.
- CEOP: MAKE A REPORT IF YOU THINK SOMEONE IS ACTING INAPPROPRIATELY TO A MINOR.