If your child agrees, you should inform their school.Schools can keep an eye on the situation and help stop images or videos being circulated.This not only means talking to your child about how to respond to a questionable text or email, but also how to react if someone is harassing them on Facebook or Instagram. According to Merriam-Webster, sexting is "The sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone." However, that definition can easily be expanded today. On the contrary, all forms of social media can be used for this purpose.In the digital world -- where our children and teens spend so much time -- the playground for sexting is growing.Messages can easily be intercepted or forwarded to unintended recipients, which is a nasty form of cyberbullying. When something that was intended to be a private communication ends up in public, the shame and humiliation can drive our kids to the point of self-destruction.
CEOP’s Thinkuknow give advice for parents, as well as children and young people of different ages, on staying safe online.
It's easy to send a photo or message but the sender has no control about how it's passed on.