Get a grip on sexting crisis, children’s tsar tells ministers

The Times is reporting that the children’s commissioner has warned ministers ‘to act quickly and decisively’ to help address the issue of sexting among young people after the paper’s revelations about the scale of the issue at the weekend.

Writing in a letter to the Times, Anne Longfield says:

“The problem is potentially so widespread that we have reached one of those ‘get a grip’ moments where we need to act quickly and decisively to teach children what the law says and how to manage their relationships online.” 

She goes on to ask parents, teachers and the government to play their part in supporting children online.

However, the paper notes that the prime minister has again refused to introduce compulsory sex and relationship education and quotes him:

“The government has a clear position on this. What we think is important is that we have the right quality of teaching of sex education in schools, and that is what we are focused on for the moment.” 

More at: Get a grip on sexting crisis, children’s tsar tells ministers


See the letter from Anne Longfield in full, along with others including one from the head of the PSHE Association in the Times at: Modern scourge of sexting in Britain’s schools


Anne Longfield calls for quick and decisive action but exactly what do you think that action should be?

Is it making PSHE compulsory or is something more specific required?

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  1. lsrask

    SchoolsImprove it is not only law that they need to understand, but also where their pics are actually going. #edchat #esafety

  2. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove Its not just the law that needs to be understood, but self respect and modesty..something neither parents or schools teach

  3. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove I’ll bet the children whose parents withdraw their kids from sex ed are not the children sexting. Sex ed has failed

  4. Busy Mum

    Sexting – one of the results of the sexual revolution. It’s people like Longfield who push the idea that ‘it’s your body so it’s up to you what you do with it’. If these revolutionary adults do not like what children are choosing to do with their bodies, they need to reconsider their entire worldview.

  5. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Implication is schools do nothing regarding this issue; schools do all they can including spell out the law. Some ignore it

  6. nrcantor

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove When everybody is doing something you object to, perhaps it’s you that needs to change.

  7. nrcantor

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove It’s difficult to accept a new social norm you had no part in creating, but you can’t stop the tide.

  8. andylutwyche

    nrcantor SchoolsImprove I think that the potential consequences should be made very clear; after that there’s little anyone can do

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