British police warn over rise of teenage ‘sexting’ trend

Police, parents and children’s charities have expressed alarm at a growing trend dubbed “sexting”, where young people send explicit and indecent photos to each other using their mobile phones.What started out as risqué fun among adolescents has spread quickly and with serious consequences. Police have said that paedophiles are increasingly trawling social networking sites to find explicit pictures taken by teenagers of each other. They then contact the young people involved, using the photos to blackmail them into committing indecent acts.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6738532.eceAlso see:‘Sexting’ trend of explicit photo exchange among British teenagers, charity warns
Parents have been warned of a new teenage trend of “sexting”, in which children exchange explicit photos of themselves by text.More than a third of secondary school children have been sent messages containing sexual content, a survey showed.Researchers found youngsters were regularly being sent sex texts or “sexts” – often by their school friends.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5970094/Sexting-trend-of-explicit-photo-exchange-among-teenagers-charity-warns.htmlUK police warn of teenage ‘sexting’
A worrying number of teenagers are swapping intimate or sexually explicit photos, called “sexts”, on their mobiles, police say. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre says it receives daily reports of harassment after private photos have been circulated.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/technology/newsid_8181000/8181443.stmSchoolchildren ‘sending sexual texts’ [Press Association]
Parents were warned today of the dangers of explicit emails and texts being sent to their children.More than a third of secondary school children have been sent messages containing sexual content, a survey showed.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/schoolchildren-sending-sexual-texts-1767051.html“Sexting” craze on the rise among children
A growing number of teenagers are swapping sexually explicit images of themselves on mobile phones leaving them open to bullying and victimisation by their peers, police and a children’s charity said on Tuesday.The practice, known as “sexting,” has also resulted in intimate images of children being posted on websites used by paedophiles without the knowledge of the sender, according to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5733ET20090804
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/2721849/

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