A poster campaign going into Derbyshire schools and colleges this month (December) aims to raise awareness that ‘sexting’ illicit images can lead not only to prosecution but also to life-long damage to reputations.
The message to schoolchildren and students is that ‘sexting’ images of themselves or others via mobiles, tablets and computers can land them in serious trouble.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles hopes that this latest campaign will prevent teenagers from getting involved in an activity that is fraught with problems – and one that could end up harming their future career opportunities and relationships.
Sexting involves someone sending or sharing an indecent image of themselves or another to a third party via social media. Any child aged over 10 who shares – even among close friends – an indecent image of themselves or another can be arrested, charged and punished for distributing indecent images of a child if the individual is under the age of 18. They could also be registered as a sex offender if found guilty.
“Many young people are unaware that sharing naked pictures of themselves or others on media sites is an offence,” Commissioner Charles said. “They might think it’s a joke, but it’s not. The ramifications can include a criminal record, victimisation and the permanent presence of the offending image on the internet as it will be almost impossible to remove it.”
He stressed “The message is clear: sexting means trouble. Children need to understand that all website and social networking sites are monitored by an administrator who will automatically report any indecent content involving a child to the police.”
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Posted on Monday 21st December 2015