Police chiefs draw up sexting guidance for schools

texting-in-classSenior police officers are to publish guidance to schools and forces in England and Wales over how to deal with sexting, taking in a Home Office directive to avoid criminalising children who engage in the practice.

The advice is in response to increase in number of offences and concern among schools that children are not over-criminalised

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), which is working in partnership with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, told MPs on Tuesday that it aimed to issue the guidance in time for the new school year.

Last week the NPCC reported an escalation in classroom sexting offences being reported to police and said pupils did not understand the meaning of consent. It said the availability of online pornography and the absence of sex and relationship education in schools were key factors altering the behaviour of young people.

Read the full story on The Guardian’s website.

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