But let us not forget that the real harm which sexting causes is to the sender as well as the receiver. The embarrassment, bullying, and fear which is instilled when an intimate photo is in the Cloud forever should not be under-estimated.
Olivia Pickney – National Policing Lead for Children and Young People
The UK Safer Internet Centre has worked together with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) to develop new advice for schools and colleges about responding to sexting incidents and safeguarding young people.
- Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people (PDF)
The following resources are also available.
The following documents provide guidance and practical advice on how to deal with sexting incidents in schools, and when appropriate, how to report to the police.
- Police action in response to youth produced sexual imagery (‘Sexting’) (PDF)
- Keeping children safe in education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges (PDF)
- Searching, screening and confiscation: Advice for headteachers, school staff and governing bodies (PDF)
- Advice for schools: Responding to & Managing Sexting Incidents (PDF)
This guidance aims to help schools identify sexting incidents, manage them and escalate appropriately.