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Sunday 22 October 2017

'Sexting is normal for children', says report

Children now see "sexting" as part of normal life with girls more likely to provide sexually explicit pictures of themselves through social media Smartphone apps, according to an anti-bullying report.

Instances of abuse and sexting, where explicit texts and pictures are sent between smartphone devices, are on the rise and are having a serious detrimental effect on the health and well-being of young people, Brighton-based charity Ditch the Label has claimed.

The anti-bullying organisation surveyed 2,732 people aged between 13 and 25 and had published the findings in its Wireless Report.

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The survey revealed that 62pc of young people had been abused through a Smartphone app, while 37pc had sent a naked photo of themselves, and 24pc had seen that image shared without their consent.

Girls were twice as likely to send a naked photo to someone than boys. While 49pc of those questioned said sexting was just a bit of harmless fun and 16pc said it was "the normal thing to do", 13pc of young people claimed they had felt pressurised into sending explicit pictures.

The survey also revealed that 62pc of young people had been sent nasty private messages through Smartphone apps and 52pc had never reported the abuse.

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