Children as Young as 7-Years Found Sexting, Research Finds

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  • Poll of teachers finds more than half of teachers know of pupils social media for ‘sexting’

Sexting involves sending and receiving sexually explicit messages. Children as young as seven are using social media to share sexual messages, pictures or videos, research has found.

A quarter of teacher knew of pupils involved in sexting in Britain who were just 11 years old, but the youngest child reported was just seven, the result of the survey showed. However, the majority of pupils involves in such incidents were aged 13 to 16 years. This study report released by National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).

Chirs Keates, the general secretary of the NASUWT, said, “Over the three years the NASUWT has been running this survey, the situation has deteriorated.”

In one incident a girl persuaded a boy to take a picture of his genitals and send it to her. She then share the image with other pupils. Teachers also reported incidents where pupils had filmed themselves masturbating.

Particularly concerning is the increase in online abuse from parents in the last year, compared to 40% in 2015. The report said, “The number of teachers reporting online abuse from parents has increased each year since the NASUWT first start the survey in 2014.

Source: IANS