Sexting may be a factor in the rise of children and young people involved in investigations
The total number of offences reported to all 45 police forces across the UK has nearly tripled with:
- 4,530 in 2013 rising to
- 10,818 in 2015.
More than 2,000 children were among those reported to police for indecent images offences over the last 3 years, according to recent figures.
We're urging parents to talk to children about the risks of sexting and sharing nude selfies on social media as this may be partly fuelling the rise in offences by under-18s.
However children and young people reported to the police in these cases may also have been in possession of child abuse images. And the large rise in adults caught with indecent images of children shows demand for this material is still growing.