If your child has sent a nude, what steps should you take and what support can you expect from local agencies? Our experts provide insight on this and more about the law, sexting and tips to manage the situation. Most schools will make a judgement on whether to involve outside agencies such as the police but it is important that parents are involved in the discussions and whether support, further education or punishment is most appropriate. Each sexting incident is different and it is important that schools deal with them appropriately on a case by case basis. This is down to a whether the school chooses to involve the police and b whether the police decide it is in the public interest to record the incident as a crime or, in serious cases, move to prosecute. Many sexting incidents are now dealt with in this way. However, for more serious incidents for example, deliberately sharing an image to abuse, using the image to coerce or exploit the victim prosecution may still take place. Policies regarding sexting vary slightly from school to school, as well as the exact procedure according to the individuals involved, the age and context.
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Allegations of sexual assault among classmates are being investigated by police after more than 90 schools in Wales were named in an online campaign. The Everyone's Invited website was set up to help pupils anonymously report abuse and harassment by classmates. Some told BBC Wales it was common for girls as young as 11 to be pressured into sending nudes, or receive unwanted explicit images from boys. The Welsh government said the safety of children was a priority. North Wales Police said it was investigating two cases linked to testimony on the website, while Dyfed Powys and South Wales Police forces did not provide figures. Gwent Police said it had not opened any cases. School inspectors for the education watchdog Estyn are due to begin entering classrooms to investigate "peer-on-peer sexual harassment". A similar review in England last term found sexual harassment had become "normalised" among school children.
But things have changed. They may even receive unsolicited nude photos, which is a form of sexual harassment that can provoke a range of negative psychological effects, including stress, anxiety, shame, and — since online activities often spill into the real world — even fear for their physical safety. We know all families are different and possess unique values when it comes to sexual content.