Resources tackle online sexual harassment among young people

Nearly a quarter of teenagers have witnessed young people secretly taking sexual images of someone and sharing them online, research has found.

A study by children’s esafety charity Childnet also reported that nearly a quarter of 13 to 17-year-olds had received unwanted sexual messages and images in the last year. Girls experienced this more often than boys – 31 per cent compared to 11 per cent.

More than half of the 1,559 UK teenagers who took part in the survey said they had witnessed people their age sharing nude or nearly nude images of someone they knew.

Six per cent said they had been the target of “revenge porn” while 12 per cent said their boyfriend or girlfriend had pressured them into sharing naked images.

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