Schools should teach children about dangers of sexting, parents say

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.

More at: Schools should teach children about dangers of sexting, parents say

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

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  1. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove Why aren’t parents educating their children on this themselves. Lazy parenting is not acceptable!

  2. gcooksey

    SchoolsImprove many parents often caring + conservative yet allow chn to have unsupervised mobile and internet access. Risks not understd.

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Schls already teach about dangers of sexting etc; sexting happens at home, perhaps parents need to take some responsibility

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This story highlights everything that’s wrong in society: ignorance of what schools do plus parents avoiding responsibility

  5. EllieERussell

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I’m exhausted from all the things schools ‘should’ teach. Got to be in partnership with parents!

  6. andylutwyche

    EllieERussell SchoolsImprove Quite; this isn’t all parents of course but the vocal ones who want to avoid responsibility for their kids

  7. andylutwyche

    EllieERussell SchoolsImprove Quite; this isn’t all parents of course but the vocal ones who want to avoid responsibility for their kids

  8. EllieERussell

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove If I’d been asked if I wanted school to teach my kids this I would have said yes, but done my bit at home too.

  9. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Parents need to share the responsibility with schools frankly but many seem to forget this. Only so much schools can do…

  10. andylutwyche

    EllieERussell SchoolsImprove Many would; this stems from continual govt, media and Ofsted rhetoric stating schls become surrogate parents

  11. In as much as schools are already raising pupils awareness on issues around Internet safety it is primarily the parents responsibility to instil some for values in their children’s lives. A lot of the effects of ineffective parenting is blamed on the educational system unfortunately.

  12. snowdropbooks

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove or alternatively it highlights that parents are asking for help and are frightened

  13. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove In my experience parents are offered help but don’t take it up, leaving it to the school to sort out for them

  14. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove Whilst there may be a few in the situation you describe, many are just avoiding their own responsibilities

  15. snowdropbooks

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove parents in my experience accept help that’s communicated in a way they can use

  16. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove When parents don’t turn up, won’t read letters/emails/texts the way something is communicated is irrelevant

  17. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove I get what you are saying but parents need to make a bit of an effort, it can’t be entirely down to schools

  18. CurlyMan66

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I despair of the knee jerk “schools should be teaching X” children spend 16% of their awake hours in school

  19. andylutwyche

    CurlyMan66 SchoolsImprove Quite but this all comes from MPs, media and Ofsted all saying schools/teachers are responsible alone

  20. snowdropbooks

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove parents are making effort … it often takes 100% of their time to get through a day

  21. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove They don’t have to ask in my experience as information is provided and sent to them. Have they tried asking?

  22. snowdropbooks

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove they’ll make an effort of they can see a reward so it’s about motivation

  23. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove At some point parent has to do something; schools can only do so much, parents must do their bit

  24. snowdropbooks

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove what motivates you personally is differe to what motivates others understanding that is accepting difference

  25. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove So what do schools do if a parent has never engaged or wanted to engage? Teachers’ time is limited too

  26. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove Why is 100% of the responsibility on the school and none on the parents?

  27. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove I don’t disagree but if they refuse to engage then the reward is difficult or impossible to advertise

  28. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove Schools are generally trying their best with limited time, money, support and can often do little more.

  29. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove Teachers aren’t naïve enough to think that this is easy but can’t manage alone. Too easy to blame schools

  30. andylutwyche

    snowdropbooks SchoolsImprove We live in a “it must be someone else’s problem” society where schl seems to be endpoint of every social buck

  31. snowdropbooks

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I’m not sure how to answer this I’d need an example as context is everything when working with parents

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