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School Kids Are Sending Each Other Porn Pics - Of Themselves

18/03/2011 13:42 | Updated 22 May 2015

School kids sending each other pornDisturbing new figures show one in four school children routinely send their pals pornographic images of themselves via their mobile phones.

Experts have warned that shockingly high numbers of children – some as young as 11 – are taking pornographic images of themselves and then swapping them with friends via text messages or the internet.

The researchers found that 40 per cent of 11 to 14-year-olds used their mobile phones or computer to send pics of themselves - known as 'sexting' - or to receive naked or topless images of their friends.

Worse still, more than half of those youngsters sending pictures said they did so knowing the images would be forwarded on to other friends.

Four in ten of the 11,000 children polled for the survey were alarmingly blasé about sharing images, saying they thought circulating topless pictures of girls at school was 'appropriate'.

Internet safety expert Ken Corish revealed the findings of his survey at a forum on behaviour and bullying.

He said: 'The proportion of young children sexting is shocking. The driver of it is boys' attitudes to online porn, which is now far too accessible. This raises the expectations of young males about what happens in a relationship. But it goes further because this survey shows we are now seeing a shift from youngsters accessing online content to creating it themselves.

'The root cause is not just online pornography. It is everywhere in society from the raunchy pop music videos to TV star Gok Wan persuading woman to get their clothes off on his show.'

What do you think?

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Have you found inappropriate images or videos on your youngster's phone?

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