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
Published: 2012

  • 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.
Executive summary 1
Introduction 4
Research approach: secondary schools 7
Research approach: primary schools 8
Key findings 10
Summary 18

Please cite as: Phippen, A. (2012) Sexting: an exploration of practices, attitudes and influences. London: NSPCC.

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