Teens warned on dangers of ‘sexting’

Children and teenagers who send sexy images of themselves to their boyfriend or girlfriend were warned today to “think before you send”.

A hard-hitting video shows the dangers of so-called “sexting” after the Beatbullying charity found one in five 11 to 17-year-olds has received a sexually explicit or distressing text or email, with 70 per cent admitting they knew the sender.

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Exposed, a 10-minute film by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) Centre, shows a teenage girl distressed after indecent images she sent to her boyfriend appear on the internet.

She stresses she can never take back what has happened and warns others to watch what they send in texts and emails, saying anything sent and shared can become “public and permanent”, affecting lives and even job prospects.

Peter Davies, Ceop’s chief executive, said that in some rare instances images have ended up in the collections of offenders.”