Advice on sexting is welcome

Sex Education Forum welcomes advice on sexting and highlights role of education.


Media statement responding to new partnership (announced 17 October 2013) providing help for children about 'sexting'.

Jane Lees, Chair of the Sex Education Forum based at the National Children’s Bureau, said:

“The Sex Education Forum welcomes the ChildLine and Internet Watch Foundation campaign to make it easier for children and young people to get help about sexting. We believe that up-to-date advice for teachers on sex and relationships education would help schools play a larger part in supporting pupils to understand the risks of sexting and get help if they need it.”

 “It is time that adults accept that technology has a central role in children’s lives and that neither sexting or the internet can simply be switched off. ChildLine’s research shows that the pressures and motivations around sexting are connected to self-esteem, self-image, bullying, coercion, harassment and, above all, relationships. We shouldn’t look at sexting in isolation but ensure that there is enough time and investment in sex and relationships education throughout primary and secondary school. This would ensure that ALL children learn about unacceptable and acceptable behaviour, develop skills to manage pressures and build friendships and are not ashamed to seek help on matters relating to sex and relationships.”

“Sex and relationships education is the obvious place to discuss issues such as sexting directly with younger teens, who are the age-group most likely to be distressed by sexting, yet the guidance for teachers produced by the Government is outdated and does not address the role that technology and the internet has in children’s lives.”

 

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