The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre have produced a 10-minute film titled ‘Exposed’, which shows a young girl’s distress after explicit images of her appear on the Internet after she sends them to her boyfriend.
The film is aimed at children aged 11-17, after shocking figures revealed that 38% of children in this age group received sexually indecent images via text or email, with 70% admitting they knew the sender.
Often these images have been sent to a boyfriend or girlfriend, which then get passed on to a larger group of friends, and then to the internet, and in worst case scenario, end up among the collection of sex offenders and their network. In many cases this leads to the victims being bullied or harassed.
In the film, the girl emphasises that she cannot take back what she has done, and warns other children to be careful as to what they send via text and email. The film also encourages young people to consider how this could affect them in the long term, as any images sent could become “public and permanent”.
Ceop’s chief executive, Peter Davies said: “We know young people are increasingly using technology not only to stay in touch, but to explore their sexuality and to push the boundaries in what they send and to whom they send it. It is now so easy to send pictures instantly via emails and texts that we are seeing instances of boys and girls sending sexual images of themselves to others without considering the consequences”
You can what this informational video at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/exposed