What is Sexting?
This is the sharing of sexual, naked or semi-naked images, videos or messages on any device.
At John Burns Primary School we are committed to ensuring our children understand how to use any electronic device responsibly and safely. Although 'sexting' is associated with teenagers, pressure via social media and unsupervised time online can leave younger children vulnerable.
Key messages we teach the children, and which you as parents can reinforce are:
- Think before you post
- Would a true friend ask you to do that?
- Only take and share photos with permission
- If you are worried tell a trusted adult
If parents have a concern
If parents have concerns about their own or another child they speak to a member of the designated safeguarding team:
- Mr Grogan (Headteacher) is the Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mr Campbell (Deputy Headteacher) is a Deputy Safeguarding Lead
- Miss D Buckley (Assistant Headteacher) is a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
For advice to help parents understand the risks and to support their child if they have been sending, sharing or receiving nude images, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/sexting or contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 to discuss any concerns.