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Police Issue Explicit Photo Warning

Tuesday February 25 2014

South Yorkshire Police South Yorkshire Police

A RISE in complaints about the number of youngsters posting explicit photos of themselves on the internet is being investigated in Barnsley.

Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke said officers had noticed an increase in the number of young people in Barnsley exchanging inappropriate photographs of themselves.

He warns the problem can escalate - and in some cases has ended in stalking cases.

He said: "Currently we're investigating a number of cases, some of which are quite abusive, sexual, domestic and include some elements of stalking.

"It's not a significant number, but there are an increasing number of investigations around social media.

"People think they're sharing such things with their friends, but then it's shared with others and before you know it thousands of people have seen it."

He added many people were not aware that sending racist, abusive, sexist or other inappropriate comments and images was an offence under the Telecommunications Act and can potentially hinder young people who later apply for jobs.

What do you think? As a parent does it worry you? Have your say in the box below.

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Reply Posted by Justice on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 11:30
Parents buy these gadget that allow kids to do this. Many parents are doing are sharing inappropriate words & images themselves. Then the parents blame society (you and me) when it all goes wrong! Figure that out!

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 09:04
Why give youngsters the technology, when it's clear they don't understand the responsibility it requires?

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 09:08
Agree Richard. Again,parents have only themselves to blame,as with booze. Childhood is so short it should be treasured.

Reply Posted by Red 5 on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 09:38
Unfortunately times have changed and children spend more time on gadgets and computers these days and acquire mobile phones. Partly due to the world not being as safe as it once was but also to keep up with their peers. There are restrictions on gadgets and phones that parents should ensure are utilised to maximise the safety of their children but still allowing their children to "fit in" with their friends. In an ideal world children would be out playing games etc but its unlikely to happen so its finding the balance which still keeps our children safe.

Reply Posted by Mother on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 09:41
Yeah good idea, don't give the children the technology and them you have a case of bullying on your hands which could lead to a lot worse.... Suicide for instance. Don't say an over exaggeration because it is happening all too often! How about we teach our children about the internet and how powerful and dangerous it is?

Reply Posted by lauren on Friday February 28 2014 at 16:45
Both my kids 5 and 8 have phones, ipads, PlayStation etc..... and they have had no problems cos I have taught them not to do stuff like that plus they don't have facebook and they do have restrictions on their ipads, kids just need to be educated by parents how respect themselves.