ChildLine tackling sexting with Internet Watch Foundation
'Young people are frequently taking huge risks making and sending sexual images of themselves, also known as 'sexting'.
ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) are joining forces to ensure young people of 17 years and under know where to turn to get sexually explicit images removed from online.
In a ChildLine survey of 13-18 year olds:
60 per cent said they had been asked for a sexual image or video of themselves
40 per cent said they had created an image or video of themselves
25 per cent said they had sent an image or video of themselves to someone else
Sexual images and videos received and sent
Over half of the young people surveyed by ChildLine said they had received a sexual photo or video, most received them from a partner but a third received them from a stranger.(1)
Whilst most said the image went to a boyfriend or girlfriend, a third said they sent it to someone they met online but didn't know in real life and 15 per cent said they had sent it to a total stranger.'