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How to talk to your child about sexting
The NSPCC commissioned a piece of research involving parents and carers of children aged 11 to 17 who had access to a smart phone, tablet, or computer.

Some key findings were:
- 43% of parents have spoken to their child about sexting at least once, but 19% do not intend to ever have a conversation about it
- Parents are least comfortable having conversations about the law around sexting and what could be done if an image of their child was shared

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

Every child is different, you will be best placed to know what approach to take based on their character and your relationship with them.

Here are some tips to help you communicate with your child about sexting.
  • Convey to them that they should never feel forced into doing anything they are uncomfortable with
  • Explain to them the importance of trust and consent in a healthy relationship
  • Encourage them to come and talk to you if they feel pressured by anybody
  • Advise and support your child in reporting any incidents of sexual bullying, whether they are involved or not
  • Make it clear that any incidents of bullying are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Bullying can have serious repercussions, including triggering mental health problems such as self-harm and depression for the victim
  • Do not dismiss sexist language or behaviour as funny - remember that you are a role model for them and they will look to you to determine what is right and what is wrong.
TIP: review your parental controls with your internet service provider or on your child's phone to prevent them from accessing harmful content.

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