Cyber sex chat rooms teenagers
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre say that some of the material being circulated can find its way onto forums being used by child sex offenders.
Young people have been blackmailed with their own pictures and paedophiles have also been found to pose as the person in the picture to trap other victims.
A young person may feel under pressure to send or receive an image because they are worried that they will be bullied if they don’t get involved.
In some of the work we do with young people in our Teen Boundaries sessions, there are very frank conversations about why someone wants to do this.
They do not have to feel forced into doing anything they are not comfortable with and they can come and talk to you if they feel pressured.
Encourage your child to report any incidents of sexual bullying whether they are involved or not.
You can then ask how a person would stop this from happening.
As a parent you might never really know whether you’re teen has been involved in sexting, but by being able to talk things through with your teen you will have made them aware of the dangers they could possibly face.
Remember that you need to a role model for them and they will look to you to determine what is right and what is wrong.
You might want to start a discussion with them exploring the consequences of sexting asking them if someone was to send a sexting image, what would they be consenting too?
Make it clear that any incidents of bullying are unacceptable no matter where they are and that it will not be tolerated.
Do not dismiss sexist language or behaviour as funny.