Texting & Sexting

The same advice applies to texting as it does to emailing or social networking: children could be duped into thinking they’re texting (and being texted by) someone they know, whereas in fact it’s a stranger who is on the other end. Not only this, but sending explicit images or video to schoolfriends and other acquaintances can also have serious repercussions including embarrassment and shame, if the content is shared.

The word ‘sexting’ means when a sexual image or video is sent via a text message. Obviously, it’s important to explain to younger children that if taking, sending and receiving sexual or naked pictures is strictly for grown-ups, and if they receive or are encouraged to send them, it could lead to harmful situations such as stalking, abuse or blackmail.