Sexting: an exploration of practices, attitudes and influences
The UK Safer Internet Centre, in consultation with the NSPCC, conducted research with small groups of year 9 and year 6 pupils into their experiences of sexting.
This report builds on the findings of A qualitative study of children, young people and 'sexting' published in May 2012.
The researchers conducted:
- 12 focus groups with 120 young people, aged 13 to 14 years across 3 counties in England
- 3 focus groups with 30 children aged 10-11 years from 2 counties in England.
Author: Andy Phippen
- There was widespread knowledge of sexting amongst 13-14 year olds. Although not everyone was engaged in sexting, many had peers that were
- 13-14 year old girls tended to self-generate as a result of a request from a boy, whilst boys tended to self-generate unprompted
- Many 13-14 year olds reported that the fear of being judged would prevent them from talking to an adult if something went wrong
- Most 10-11 year olds had to deal with some form of online abuse, but there was little evidence that they were exposed to sexualised content, or asked to self-generate.
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Please cite as: Phippen, A. (2012) Sexting: an exploration of practices, attitudes and influences. London: NSPCC.
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Social workers' knowledge and confidence when working with cases of child sexual abuse
Qualitative study of children, young people and 'sexting'
Younger children and social networking sites: a blind spot
Experiences of 11-16 year olds on social networking sites
Boys and girls speak out: a qualitative study of children’s gender and sexual cultures
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