Teachers issued guide to deal with 'sexting' in schools issue


By Gillian West, Social media manager

March 21, 2013 | 1 min read

UK teachers are to be issued with a guide to help them deal with the issue of 'sexting' among teenagers.

A report from the NSPCC last year revealed that two in five pupils were found to have been involving in sexting which involves the sharing of explicit photos or videos via mobile phones or the internet.

The 'Sexting in Schools' guide, developed with the help of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, the Department of Education, and online safety systems firm Securus Software, aims to offer tips to teachers on how to assist a child whose images have been shared and how to minimise risks.

General secretary of the National Association of Headteachers has been quoted as saying that sexting "exemplifies the way technology blurs the boundaries between school life and the wider world".

As well as the NSPCC report BeatBullying also found that 38 per cent of young people have received sexually explicit texts or emails, with more than half of teachers aware of pupils engaging in this activity.


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