Sexting: ending pupils’ ‘no big deal’ attitudes

As another pre-teen falls victim to nude-picture sharing, politicians are once more calling for the increasingly common practice among young people to be tackled

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Sexting – the sharing of explicit messages and nude images – is endemic among teenagers, says MSP Gillian Martin. The SNP representative for Aberdeenshire East wants better protection for young people after an 11-year-old girl in her constituency sent a semi-nude photograph of herself via Snapchat to an older boy who, within 30 minutes, had shared it with “multitudes of people in the area”.

Here, we set out the problem of sexting and look at how schools are dealing with it.

What is sexting?

The sharing of sexually explicit messages, photographs or images, primarily between mobile phones. It ...

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