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Mia, 13, was duped into sending sexual photographs to someone she met online, who she has now found out is an adult posing as someone else. Charities including the NSPCC and Meic - a helpline for younger people in Wales - are concerned more young people are sharing naked images of themselves. They both said staff have seen an increase since lockdown. The charities believe a ificant increase in the time teenagers are spending online and a lack of face-to-face interaction has added to the pressure. Ms Azad added: "Speaking about the consequences is so important because this is the time that they can be exploited.
The charities said most cases were believed to involve 14 to year-olds, with a lot of people cropping out their he from photographs. However, Ms Azad said they often forget about other identifiable markers such as wallpaper, birth marks or piercings. Being pressured to send nudes is a of a controlling relationship and, despite campaigns to tackle this during lockdown, Ms Azad believes many risks to younger people - such as being blackmailed and threatened - have been overlooked.
One person developed an eating disorder following her image being shared because of the negative comments people made. It often goes through schools, so everyone in that year group will probably see it, if not more. Mia not her real name contacted ChildLine after she met her blackmailer on Instagram and developed an online relationship with him. Mia said she was too scared to tell her mum in case she got into trouble. Another victim, Chloe not her real name , 14, met "a good-looking boy" on a teenage dating app who made her feel special while she was having a tough time at home.
When he started asking for nude photos, she said she "agreed as a joke to talk dirty instead". But when she became uncomfortable, she blocked him, only for him to get in touch on another app, threatening to publish her profile picture next to the dirty messages. I don't know what to do and I feel so guilty. Sometimes when young people send one image, they can experience blackmail to send further images. So they can find themselves in a sort of a kind of a catch situation. Police warn pupils over 'sexting'. Thousands of children sexting, police say. Child sexting cases double in two years.
Police warn Welsh pupils over 'sexting' Thousands of children sexting, police say. She urged young people to seek support from an adult. Children and young people can speak with Line counsellor online or on the phone between and midnight on 11 11 You can also contact Meic in an online chat , call them on or text between and midnight. Related Topics. More on this story. Published 10 February Published 11 July Published 6 NovemberBbc sexting
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Lockdown 'sexting' blackmail concerns for young people sharing images