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Cornish Children Warned Over Sexting Photos

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10:36am 7th November 2012
(Updated 10:36am 7th November 2012)

A film is being launched warning Cornish schoolchildren of the dangers of posting sexually explicit pictures online.

Pirate FM has learnt 88% of sexting photos get reposted to other websites.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is revealing the internet movie aimed at teenagers at a Plymouth school on Wednesday. Scroll down to watch a trailer for 'First to a Million'

While it shows how quickly things can spiral out of control, statistics reveal that young people are hestitant to ask for help.

Only 15% report problems with sexual imagery online and only 9% asked for help with internet bullying.

CEOP has told Pirate FM that 1 in 5 of the reports it received over the last year was to do with "self-generated" pictures - ones that teenagers have taken of themselves.

Jonathan Baggaley, Head of Education at CEOP said: “Pictures and videos can now be shared online in an instant and even on the move by young people. It’s very easy to upload something you’ll regret later without thinking and run into all sorts of problems.

“We know that young people in these situations often don’t know where to turn for help when things have gone wrong. It’s important they don’t feel isolated or alone when this happens.

“This film shows young people how easy it is to share something you shouldn’t, how to make the right choices and where to go for help if you run into problem.”

DI Simon Snell from Devon and Cornwall Police's Child Exploitation Unit said: “Devon and Cornwall Police fully support this initiative lead by CEOP. Sadly many of the young people concerned in this activity do not recognise the consequences or the risks of their actions. Whilst appreciating that the posting of some of these images are illegal it can also lead to bullying and others coming into possession of the images.

“The key piece of advice I would give is would you be happy for an indecent image of yourself to be posted onto the internet without your knowledge and consent. If the answer is no then don’t do it yourself!”

One fourteen year old Plymouth schoolgirl who has seen the half hour video said: "I didn't expect it to escalate as quickly as it did and I didn't expect it to escalate as seriously as it did either. Before I thought the biggest dangers were chat rooms and things like that. But now I realise that anything can be a danger online - videos, pictures, anything at all."

If it is something you are worried about you can get more information here.

10:36am 7th November 2012

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