1 in 4 UK pupils admit swapping porn images of selves by text message

March 18th, 2011 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Rihanna London, Mar 18 (ANI): A survey has found that there is an increase in the number of children in UK taking pornographic images of themselves and swapping them with friends via text messages or the internet.

Of the children surveyed, 40 percent of 11 to 14-year-olds admitted to having used their mobile phones or computer to send pictures of themselves or receive naked or topless images of friends.

More than half of youngsters, who sent the images, which is a trend known as “sexting”, did so knowing the pictures would be passed on to a number of recipients.

And four in ten of the 11,000 children surveyed thought it was “appropriate” to circulate pictures of topless girls in their school.

The shocking trend has been blamed on the volume of Internet pornography seen by boys who, as a result, expect girlfriends to be promiscuous and flaunt their bodies.

Internet safety expert Ken Corish revealed the findings of his survey at a forum on behaviour and bullying.

“The proportion of young children ’sexting’ is shocking. The driver of it is boys’ attitudes to online porn, which is now far too accessible,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

“This raises the expectations of young males about what happens in a relationship. But it goes further because this survey shows we are now seeing a shift from youngsters accessing online content to creating it themselves.

“The root cause is not just online pornography. It is everywhere in society from the raunchy pop music videos to TV star Gok Wan persuading woman to get their clothes off on his show,” he stated.

Sexting, if it involves pictures of children, is a criminal offence under the Child Trafficking And Pornography Act.

“There is also a big element of desensitisation. They see the likes of Rihanna or Cheryl Cole parading in raunchy poses and they think they look fantastic,” Siobhan Freegard, of parenting website Netmums, added. (ANI)

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