British Parliament: sexting treated as a common behavior that could also lead to cyberbullying

A report commissioned by the NSPCC and developed by prestigious British Institutions such as King’s College London, the Institute of Education and the London School of Economics, has been presented in the British Parliament by Rep. Claire Perry. This study shows that sexting is a rising phenomena fully normalized by teenagers as part of their lives. The report debunks some myths, such as the believe that adults were who request girls’ nude photos: the demand mainly comes from their peers. According to the report entitled A Qualitative Study of Children and Young People, sexting affects more than one third of children under 18.

The authors of the report believe is necessary to change prevention policies. Those were focused on warning young people about the dangers of contacting strangers either online or through their mobile phones. Now they recognize that it must include the much more complex issue of peer communication, and how teens are facing sexting requests received from other kids their age. Researchers admit being disturbed by the data that the study revealed, pointing out that teens accept sexting as a normal thing, which in turn may be a gateway for sexual abuse.

The study also showed that girls under 11 receive requests to send these kind of photos to other children they know. Boys sometimes ask girls to write their name with a marker on the skin, as a sign of ownership. This behaviour has been observed in various photologs among older adolescents by FriendlyScreens several years ago. Teens are also constantly being hammered with sexual requests, something that even the researchers could verify while performing the surveys for the study. Researchers conclude that this type of sexting is a form of cyberstalking or cyberbullying.

Source: BBC and FriendlyScreens

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