Explicit Content on Mobile Phones

Explicit content on mobile phones, or 'Sexting', is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages. They can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops - any device that allows you to share media and messages. A young person is breaking the law if they: take an explicit photo or video of themselves or a friend; share an explicit image or video of a child, even if it’s shared between children of the same age; possess, download or store an explicit image or video of a child, even if the child gave their permission for it to be created.

The child will become vulnerable if these photographs are shared publicly and they may become subject to blackmail, bullying or it may cause unwanted attention or emotional distress.

The pupils at Farne Primary School are taught about keeping themselves safe online during Internet Safety Week. Within this time, the children are taught about sending appropriate texts, tweets and other social media messages. They are also taught about the positives of text messaging and the virtual world. As well as the positives, the teachers help the pupils to explore the negatives of using mobile phones and other devices. Additionally, the children in our school learn the risks of sending unwanted or explicit content.