Hampshire Constabulary have issued the following message for 11 to 16 year olds from the Hampshire Police Youth Education and Crime Prevention team:
Is someone you’re speaking to online asking you to send nude selfies or sexual pics, or asking you to do things you feel uncomfortable to do?
Pressuring, threatening or pushing someone to send sexual pics online is wrong!!
Remember: Child Sexual Exploitation can also happen online!!
Did you know?
It is an offence for any person to take, share or possess any sexual or nude image of a person U18.
So what if you are U18?
U18 and taking nude/sexual pics of yourself = offence
U18 and having nude/sexual pics of yourself or others U18 on your phone/device = offence
U18 and sending or sharing nude/sexual pics of yourslf or others U18 = offence
Remember: You don’t need to be an adult to commit sexual offences online – a criminal record can impact your future employment and freedom to travel abroad.
Think before you take or send nude pics….. why not send something else?? Download the Zipit or Send this Instead app!! Each app gives you killer comebacks and top tips to help stay in control online!!
If you have been affected by sexting or sending images online and would like to speak to someone in confidence, contact Childline 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk
Call 999 if you are in immediate danger.
For more information and advice about sexting and the internet visit thinkuknow