The UK Safer Internet Centre has developed two resources that provide advice and guidance to help young people consider the consequences of posting sexting images online and what they can do if they find themselves in a position where they have lost control of their images.
Picture This – drama resource
Picture This a practical drama-based educational resource that addresses and questions the sensitive issue of sexting – the sending of sexually explicit messages or photos electronically – to fully support teachers in starting this important dialogue with pupils and to help young people think about, role play and understand the consequences of creating and sending indecent images.
So you got naked online? – advice and help guide for young people about sexting
This resource for children and young people offers advice and explores strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents. The resource can also be used by parents in helping them understand and support their children.
It is a help guide for young people who are worried about images or videos they have taken of themselves or others which are available on the internet. It has really practical information about image sharing, advice about what you can do to manage the situation, and organisations that can provide help.
Sexting guidance for schools
In September 2015 the National Police Chief Council released a statement on the procedure they have to take when a ‘sexting’ incident is reported to the police. As a result South West Grid for Learning, the UK Safer Internet Centre coordinators, have updated advice for schools when responding and managing a sexting incidents to help schools assess and decide whether a sexting incident should be reported to the police.
Other great resources about sexting
> With Friends Like These – film from the South West Grid for Learning
A film depicting a real life scenario where a sexting image is shared with a trusted friend and then ends up shared around the school, getting out of control. It raises issues around trust, respect, privacy and the consequences of an impulsive decision. View the film
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