In the last week it has been publicised that David Cameron, UK MP, has decided that he wants UK school children to be taught the dangers of ‘sexting’ and cyber bullying, along with safety on the Internet and smartphones. This comes after the shocking revelation that sex education guidance hasn’t been updated since 2000, and contains no reference to the Internet. It is alleged that more than half of teenagers have received an explicit photo, with 40% of those saying they had sent one of themselves. This is a worrying statistic, especially when referring to cases in our latest blog post about Amanda Todd and Daniel Perry, whose mistake of sending an intimate photo cost them their lives. The problem with sending these pictures, otherwise known as ‘sexting’, is that they can be passed round hundreds of social network users within minutes, which is hugely dangerous for the child involved, as the photo could end up anywhere, putting that child in a vulnerable position.

We think it’s really positive that David Cameron has acknowledged this ever-growing issue, and the implementation of teaching in schools will hopefully start to make a difference. Mr Cameron said, “I think we can do better in terms of sex and relationship education. I think we can add better guidance on some of the modern problems of cyber bullying, sexting. We need to deal with that”. Despite being a step in the right direction, with this in mind, is it a bit ‘too little too late’ now, so to speak? The issue of cyber bullying has been going on for a long time now, so the effectiveness of David Cameron’s proposal can be questioned. The ‘sexting’ culture in young teens has already started, and it might take a bit more than sex education to stop it altogether to make sure no more children are hurt. Astonishingly, a 17-year-old teenager called James told charity ChildLine, “sexting is pretty normal at my age. It seems like everyone’s doing it”.

On one hand, it’s a huge positive, if it is instigated soon, as teenagers will be taught the dangers of ‘sexting’ and the Internet, but the negative is that it might be too late, with a lot of damage already done. What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear them!