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Schools need to do more to teach dangers of sharing sexual content online
EB News: 22/01/2018 - 10:30
A new report by think tank Demos suggests that schools need to be doing more to teach children about how dangerous sharing sexual content online can be,
As reported by Tes, the report states that one in six people are reported to the police for indecent images of minors.
The report goes on to say that law enforcement agencies should focus on those carrying out the abuse and making images, rather than low-level offenders.
In its report, looking at evidence from experts, including industry watchdog the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), Demos states there is a growing problem of youngsters "sexting" and producing their own illegal material.
In 2015, one-fifth or reported images were self-generated and around 16 per cent of young people aged between 11 and 16 said they had sent sexual images in the UK and one in six people reported to the police for indecent images are minors themselves.
The report suggests that issues like this should be taught in schools as part of the PHSE curriculum in schools.