NORTH Wales Police are supporting a safety campaign launched by ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
ChildLine and the IWF are joining forces in order to advise their communities about the dangers of “sexting” and to ensure that young people of 18 years and under in North Wales know where to turn to get sexually explicit images removed from online.
The partnership comes as a result of a ChildLine survey of 13-18 year olds which revealed that young people are frequently taking huge risks by making and sending sexual images of themselves.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Chesters of the North Wales Police Strategic Public Protection Unit has welcomed the initiative saying “Young people are amongst the most vulnerable and we all have a responsibility both within our community, and partnership working, to ensure we can do all we can to educate, advise and protect them.
“This new initiative is just part of that process and I’d advise parents and carers, as well as young people, to take time out and visit the web site and raise your awareness”
ChildLine has also launched their first ever app designed to provide tools to defuse the pressures on young people to send an explicit image or video. The free app, ‘Zipit’, offers witty images to send instead of explicit ones, advice for how to engage in safe chat, what to do if you feel threatened or if an image becomes public, and a direct link to call ChildLine.
The NSPCC is complementing the initiative by providing advice to parents and carers on what they can do to advise and support their children in relation to “sexting”. Many children and young people are more savvy about internet and mobile phone technology than their parents, so the advice, posted on the NSPCC website, will enable parents to take action.