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Child Sexting Increasing Rapidly

It’s so astonishing that sharing sexual images among children have increased two times than last year, according to the police investigations.

At a rate of a 17 day in 2016-2017, Forces in England and Wales recorded 6,238 underage “sexting” offences.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, Simon Bailey, Chief Constable said, “There is a worrying upward trend”. He also mentioned to remove indecent images from social network sites more quickly.

The number of cases where under-18s were sharing indecent or prohibited images was up by a third on the 4,681 offences recorded the previous year, and represented a 131% rise on 2014-15, with 2,700 incidents.

Head of Norfolk Constabulary, Mr. Bailey said, Sharing and possessing these images is against the law. Once an image is shared with others it can cause deep embarrassment and distress.”

He suggested that schools should counteract the influence of pornography while social media takes faster action to eradicate this problem.

He said, “I am concerned about the impact that exposure to extreme pornography can have on children so we need to consider if a lack of universal relationship and sex education is compounding the problem.”

A 10-year-old child was engaged in sexting, while the number of offences investigated was at its peak among 14-year-olds.

suspects or perpetrators were evenly split between boys and girls though girls were more likely to be the victims.

More occurrences happened in the month of August during their school term time mentioned by the investigators.

There were more than 2,000 such cases where police determined that further action was not in the public interest in 2016-17.

Mr. Bailey said, “Forces are risk-assessing every case to ensure we are not unnecessarily stigmatizing children and saddling them with a criminal record. But there will always be a criminal investigation where we see that young people are being coerced, exploited or blackmailed.”

The charity said, “It is vital that parents and schools talk to children about the dangers of sexting as soon as they are given any technology.”

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