Kate Burls is the education team coordinator at the U.K.'s National Crime Agency division of Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center breaks down children's sexting habits by saying:
"There's no one kind of sexting incident. In some incidents you might have clear elements of coercion and pressure and it may well be appropriate for a school to confiscate a phone because it may contain evidence of a criminal offense."
Back in September there was a 14-year-old boy who was told his information was going to be in a police database for 10 years because he made and distributed a naked image of himself to a classmate.
Just last weekend in the U.S., authorities claimed to have discovered what they described as a "sexting ring" which involved hundreds of explicit photographs of students at a Colorado high school. Several students were suspended and may ultimately face charges.
Jules Hillier from Brook — the UK's largest sexual health charity — said:
"A recent reliable survey found that 12% of 11- to 16-year-olds have seen or received sexual messages online. That's obviously quite a big minority, but it's still very much the minority."
Hillier went on to say:
"We need to be helping young people understand some of the risks – helping them to be clear about what the law is. Whilst they quite often know that the age of consent is… they are not then aware they are still considered a minor if it comes to sending photos of themselves and would be in trouble for that kind of behavior."
We couldn't agree more that kids need to be aware of the negative consequences of sexting.
We hope that as savvy with tech as teens tend to be, they'll get the message quickly and think twice before sending a dirty pic.