One in seven teens experience abuse relating to online 'nude-sharing'

One in seven teenagers aged 16 and under have experienced abuse relating to online “nude-sharing”, sparking calls for the introduction of dedicated single-sex lessons earlier in secondary schools.
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A research report from Internet Matters (Hilton et al, 2024) has put forward a range of proposals to stop children from sharing sexual images of themselves.

The report highlights a specific risk for students aged 11 to 13, who it says appear most frequently in self-generated child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

Self-generated CSAM ranges from material that is voluntarily shared between peers (where material is re-shared without their knowledge or consent) to coerced “self-generated” imagery where grooming, pressure or manipulation has been used.

The report warns that with all forms of self-generated imagery there is a “significant risk” that it passes into the hands of adult offenders and is shared within offender networks.

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