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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Children aged 10 sharing indecent photos on phone apps, say Carlisle police

Children as young as 10 are sharing indecent photos of themselves via social networking apps.

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Carlisle police are investigating six reports of lewd images being distributed since December 1.

Most have been reported from the Snapchat and Kik apps.

They have urged parents to be aware of the risk that so-called 'sexting' poses to children.

Sgt Colin Ritchie, of the police's north Cumbria Public Protection Unit, said it was important boundaries were set for youngsters.

He added: “It is also crucial that young people understand the dangers of sexting – whether it is someone you know or someone you have ‘met’ online.

"It may just seem like a bit of fun but the truth is once an image has been sent it can end up anywhere.

“Indecent images of children and teenagers can be used to bully, harass or even locate the person who sent the image. It’s not worth the risk.

“If anyone receives an indecent image or text do not send it on and report it to a responsible adult.

"Technically, possessing an indecent image of another minor is a criminal offence and you could be breaking the law.”

Sgt Ritchie advised parents to stay up-to-date with what their children were using and try to monitor how long they spend online and consider who or what they may see.

Young people upset or worried by an image they have sent or received can call ChildLine on 0800 1111. Social networks, such as Facebook, should be requested to remove distressing images.

Have your say

Kids as young as 10 shouldn't have phones full stop. It's the parents that need a reality check. It is like giving a weapon to a child without being supervised. The internet is a great place when used properly but why give a child access to a place where at a touch of a button, you can see depravities that you couldn't even imagine.

Posted by Me on 23 January 2014 at 09:40

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