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Boy aged five becomes youngest child to be spoken to by police for ‘sexting’ as thousands of children are investigated after sending explicit pictures of themselves to others

  • The five-year-old, from County Durham, was spoken to by officers last year 
  • Nearly 400 children under the age of 12 were spoken to in the last three years 
  • Greater Manchester Police recorded the highest number of children sexing 

A five-year-old is among thousands of children who have been investigated by police for ‘sexting’.

The little boy, from County Durham, was spoken to by officers last year and is the youngest person to be questioned for sending explicit messages.

Nearly 400 children under the age of 12 were spoken to by detectives investigating sexting claims in the last three years in England and Wales, a BBC investigation found.

Nearly 400 children under the age of 12 were spoken to by officers investigating sexting claims in the last three years in England and Wales (stock photo) 

Nearly 400 children under the age of 12 were spoken to by officers investigating sexting claims in the last three years in England and Wales (stock photo)

Some 4,000 children under the age of 18 have been questioned by police for sexting since 2013.

Analysis found that 13 or 14-year-olds were most likely to be involved.

It is illegal to possess, take or distribute images of someone under the age of 18. This includes images that children have taken and distributed of themselves.

It is illegal to possess, take or distribute images of someone under the age of 18. This includes images children have taken of themselves

It is illegal to possess, take or distribute images of someone under the age of 18. This includes images children have taken of themselves

Police across England and Wales replied to a BBC Newcastle Freedom of Information request asking about the number of cases where children had taken explicit pictures of themselves and sent them to others.

The laws around sexting in the UK

Possessing, taking or distributing images of anyone under the age of 18 is illegal in the UK.

It is still illegal even if the person in the photo is the person who took in and distributed it.

Teens can face criminal investigation for sending naked photos of themselves to each other.

However, the police are against criminalising children for doing this, and, in most cases, prefer offer support and advice.

DCI Steve Thubron, of Durham Police, said: ‘We record incidents in line with national crime recording standards, which we cannot deviate from.

‘However, we deal with incidents proportionately and obviously do not criminalise children.

‘Cases of ‘sexting’ are dealt with on a case-by-case basis with the focus always being on safeguarding and keeping children safe.

‘We have worked with other agencies to provide advice and guidance to both schoolteachers and young people.’

Figures showed that a 10-year-old boy who sent an explicit image of himself to an 11-year-old was cautioned by Northumbria Police for sexting.

He had used free image social media Oovoo to send the photo.

Greater Manchester Police recorded the highest number of children sexing with 695 cases, including four seven-year-olds and four eight-year-olds.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4685088/Boy-aged-five-investigated-police-sexting.html#ixzz4mYOnu9IH
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