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What to do if your child has been affected by, or involved in sexting
how to avoid crime in hertfordshire policeIf your child has been sending explicit images or videos of themselves you may feel shocked, angry, upset, confused or disappointed.  They are also likely to feel anxious about talking to you.

Where possible, give yourself time to process the information and remember they will be watching your reactions.

  • Reassure them that they aren't alone
  • Listen and offer support - they are probably upset and need your help and advice, not criticism
  • Try not to shout or make them feel like it's their fault
  • Don't ask questions like "why have you done it?" as this may stop them from opening up to you
  • Discuss the problem and the wider pressures that they may face to help understand what's happened
  • Assure them that you'll do all you can to help
  • Remind them that they can always talk to Childline or another trusted adult if they aren't comfortable talking directly to you
In 2015/16 Childline reported carrying out 1,392 counselling sessions about sexting.

Bentley et al. (2016), How safe are our children? The most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK. NSPCC

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