Saturday 23 September 2017

Problem of 'sexting' in schools to be tackled

Photo: depositphotos
Photo: depositphotos
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The growing problem of sexting - the sending of provocative sexual messages, photos or videos - among second-level students is tackled in new guidelines for teachers.

The sharing of explicit self-generated images of minors can have serious social and legal consequences.

The new resource, called Lockers, from the teacher professional development service, aims to assist schools in coping with and preventing incidents.

It is intended to be used as part of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and was launched to mark Safer Internet Day today.

Meanwhile, at primary level, CyberSafeIreland, a non-profit organisation, is rolling out a programme of education providing practical advice to children aged 9 to 13 and their parents, on how to use the internet without engaging in risky behaviour, how to protect themselves by using privacy settings, and how to report abuse.

Irish Independent

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