TES are reporting that parents want schools to take responsibility to educate children about the risks of sending explicit sexual text messages, a new poll has found.
The YouGov survey of 1,159 parents of school-aged children found that 78 per cent were concerned about their children sexting – more than were worried about either alcohol misuse or smoking.
And 87 per cent of parents believe that schools should be doing more to educate pupils about the risks involved in sexting.
Joe Hayman, chief executive of the PSHE Association, which commissioned the research, said: “The message from parents is loud and clear: they want their children educated on risks like sexting, in order to prevent them from doing something they could later regret.
“When young people share sexual images, they don’t know whose hands the photos will end up in, and they are often unaware that they are actually committing a criminal offence. They need to be educated about the risks of sexting.”
While parents were eager for schools to take steps to reduce pupils’ sexting, only 13 per cent of them believed that the best way to do this was for schools to report sexting pupils to the police. Instead, the majority was in favour of lessons for pupils on the dangers of sexting.
Has sexting become a bigger problem among young people in the UK than alcohol misuse or smoking? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie