Children warned of the dangers of sending saucy text messages

Stocksbridge High school pupils Tristam Rogan, Kirsty Beechill,Courtney Payne and Jack Weavers pictured with Child Exploitation Online Protection  staff Helen King and Maria Cooney discussing the dangers of 'sexting' at a presentation at the school
Stocksbridge High school pupils Tristam Rogan, Kirsty Beechill,Courtney Payne and Jack Weavers pictured with Child Exploitation Online Protection staff Helen King and Maria Cooney discussing the dangers of 'sexting' at a presentation at the school
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chiLDREN from a South Yorkshire school were among the first in the country to see an educational film warning of the dangers of ‘sexting’ - sending indecent images to friends and partners.

The 10 minute film, designed for schoolchildren, was shown at Stocksbridge High School to mark EU Safer Internet Day.

It is being promoted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - the UK’s national centre for protecting children from sexual exploitation - which is urging children to think about the consequences of sending pictures of themselves.

CEOP says children are increasingly finding that images they send to one specific person are being shared with others, putting young people at risk of bullying.

Some have ended up in the hands of child sex offenders.

The film has been produced in consultation with leading charities and education practitioners and is available free of charge.

Peter Davies, the CEOP chief executive, said: “We know that young people are increasingly using technology not only to stay in touch, but to explore their sexuality and to push the boundaries in what they send and to whom they send it. It is so easy to send pictures instantly via emails and texts that we are seeing instances of boys or girls sending sexual images of themselves to others without considering the consequences.

“They often find out later that the image has been passed on to many others and as a result they can be the victims of bullying or harassment. In some rare instances we have seen these images end up in the collections of offenders.

“It is important that we look to raise awareness of this risk by launching new resources into our established education programme Thinkuknow so that young people can make the right choices”.