‘Say no to Sexting’
Sexting; just a cheeky pic or a real issue? We all know that sexting is on the rise, but the question is, is it just harmless fun or something that you should be concerned about?
In case you don’t know, sexting (sex-texting) is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video via text or other social media messaging services. If you are under 16, it is illegal!
OK, we can hear you saying ‘Well, I am over 16, so this doesn’t affect me!’ – erm, wrong! Although most young people see sexting as harmless fun (maybe even flirting!), it also puts you at a much higher risk of being sexually exploited online AND offline.
Staffordshire County Council and pals have run a campaign to raise awareness to young people about sexting, suitably called ‘Say No To Sexting’.
They have set up a website which also includes access to a new App to help young people say no, along with useful videos and tips. We really suggest that you check it out to find out more: www.knowaboutcse.co.uk
And here’s what the top dogs have to say on the matter:
“We have made great advances with our partners in protecting children, bringing together public and voluntary agencies to tackle child sexual exploitation” – John Wood, Joint Chair of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Children Safeguarding Board.
: “Sexting is a serious concern because it leaves children and young people in danger of being sexually exploited. That’s why this campaign is so important. I’d urge parents to use the new website to get some practical tips so they can help their children to say ‘no’ to sexting” – Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.