Teachers are being told to confiscate pupils’ cell phones and search devices for pornography as part of a new clampdown on “sexting.”
Guidance issued to schools in England this week urges teachers to use tough new powers to seize devices suspected of being used to share explicit photos or videos.
Schools should consider informing the police over any extreme material found on pupils’ phones and ensure that images are taken off social networking websites. The document also tells schools to offer counselling to pupils featured in images and contact parents “so that they can keep a watchful eye over their child”.
A study by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children last year reported that up to 40 per cent of young people had been involved in “sexting”, with teenage girls in particular facing pressure from classmates to provide sexually explicit pictures of themselves.
Russell Hobby, the…
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