With girls as young as 13 being asked to send nude pictures over social media, a group of pupils at Stroud High School decided enough was enough.
So they’ve started a campaign online with an Open Letter, and now they’ve made a video to boost their message.
The year nine youngsters wrote an ‘Open Letter’ outlining how they would like to be treated by boys, and what they expect from relationships.
They’re tired of the expectation to behave like porn stars, and feeling pressurised to behave in ways they aren’t comfortable with.
By accident as much as design, Canada’s child pornography laws are blunt and broad. Applied to the letter, they criminalize common youthful sexual activity, and are dangerously ill-suited to the digital age, according to parents, lawyers, academics, even judges.
“We’re kind of in this bubble where people know there’s a problem,” says Andrea Slane, who researches sexting as associate professor of legal studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. But solutions are elusive.
Sexting, as it’s called, is when people send suggestive photos of themselves by mobile phone, and it’s becoming more prevalent among young people. The danger is that an image shared privately may not stay that way for long – and the damage can last a lifetime.
Here is some advice for parents:
ADVICE TO HELP PREVENT YOUR CHILDREN SEXTING
Teachers in Nottinghamshire are the first in the country to receive training on how to combat ‘sexting’ – as it was revealed children as young as seven sending explicit messages.
Children sending explicit pictures or messages is said to be a major problem in the county’s secondary schools – and even in some primary schools too.
Today, teachers across Nottinghamshire became the first in England to receive training to let them know what to do when they discover cases of sexting – and to prevent it from happening in the first place.
The House of Commons Standing committee on the Status of Women heard emotional testimony from the mothers of cyberbullying victims Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons Monday evening as it continues to study violence against young women and girls in Canada.
The two women recounted the personal toll of their daughters’ ordeals as the targets of cyberbulling, which makes old-fashioned playground bullying look like child’s play.
THE bar keeps getting lower and lower. Or, younger and younger.
Children as young as 10 are sending naked pictures of themselves to friends and classmates via text and social media, according to a leading child psychologist. …
… It was reported on Monday that school principals were turning to sexual assault groups for help with the fallout when young people sent and received messages containing nudity or sexual content.
The statistics suggest the problem is bigger than previously thought, and getting bigger all the time.
An Australian Institute of Criminology report from December showed a staggering jump in pre-teens’ use of mobile phones for sharing sexual pictures and videos.
Children as young as 10 are sending nude or semi-nude photos of themselves to other kids, with experts blaming easily-accessible porn sites and social media for the alarming new trend.
TORONTO – Canadian cases of online sex-related extortion — “sextortion” — against children are increasing, following trends in the United States.
U.S. federal officials and advocates are urging educators and parents to help raise awareness at school events.
In sextortion cases, preying adults typically pose on social media as someone younger to coerce victims into sending inappropriate photos or video clips. Once initial images are delivered, the adult threatens to expose them publicly unless the victim sends more explicit pictures.
Amanda Todd, of Port Coquitlam, B.C., took her own life after an online tormentor posted pictures of her flashing her breasts.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection suggests parents have conversations with youth about risks associated with the Internet: (click link to read more)
“How do you know a guy likes you?” a survey question asked an 8th grade girl.
“He still wants to talk to you after you give him oral sex,” she replied.
Parents, if that doesn’t stop you in your tracks, I honestly don’t know what will. Well, maybe this will. Another girl in the survey reported this interaction with her boyfriend: “If you give me oral sex I’ll give you a kiss.”
Unfortunately, the results of a survey, commissioned in Australia by Plan Australia and Our Watch and containing responses from over 600 girls ages 15-19 from all over Australia, only get worse from there.