Film warning to teenagers posting sexual content online

  • 2 November 2012
  • From the section Scotland

A film is being launched to warn young people in Scotland about the dangers of posting sexual content on websites.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has created the film to warn about putting video content on sites like Youtube.

It highlights how quickly things can spiral out of control and where young people can get help if it does.

CEOP research showed 88% of self-generated, sexually explicit online images are uploaded to other websites.

The study also found that youngsters would rather ignore the problem than face it.

The CEOP said it had seen an increase in young people sharing sexual pictures and video content of themselves among their peer group, which leads to the risk of bullying and being distributed among sex offenders.

It said 22% of reports received in the last year related to the distribution of self-generated indecent images.

This interactive film First to a Million, aimed at people aged between 13 and 18, follows a group of teens in their battle to reach a million views online through their increasingly outrageous films.

Later regrets

It is being launched in Cumbernauld High School by the CEOP and Strathclyde Police.

Jonathan Baggaley, Head of Education at CEOP, said: "It's very easy to upload something you'll regret later without thinking and run into all sorts of problems.

"We know that young people in these situations often don't know where to turn for help when things have gone wrong.

"It's important they don't feel isolated or alone when this happens."

Det Ch Insp Norrie Conway of Strathclyde Police said: "The issues that First to a Million raise are pertinent to every child in Scotland.

"We are delighted that CEOP is coming to let schools and young people know about what they can do to protect themselves online and help them consider what they share."

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