For Agencies

The poster opposite is based on the advice of young people attending our November 2016 conferences. Take a look at it and get an idea of what the young people attending felt that they most wanted from agencies.

With the volume of issues around nude selfies that we see now it is easy to feel frustrated or numb. This can be a very scary time for young people and often the real damage can't be seen until far too late. If you haven't seen the Amanda Todd video we strongly recommend that you watch it now. 

Amanda Todd

Amanda took her own life less than a month after posting this video on YouTube.

If you head over to the Resources page of this site you can find many websites that provide excellent advice for young people and parents about how to deal with sexting.

If you are a school and you want to know what the police can do then we can only advise specifically about Surrey Police. If you tell a member of the police that a crime has taken place then the police are required by the Home Office to record that crime. That does not mean, however, that they will have to investigate. The police are granted discretion. This means that if they think that it is disproportionate, for instance they think it will do more damage than good, they can choose to close the crime report without taking any further action. In the complicated circumstances of sexting it isn't possible to give a single answer to cover every eventuality here. In the eyes of Surrey Police young people are considered Children First, Offenders Second. This means that they will try and safeguard and educate young people where it is appropriate rather than trying to criminalise them at the first opportunity.

The police often work with partner agencies (including schools) to best manage incidents - this is also true with sexting. In some cases it may be possible for the police to come give talks to young people, parents and schools about the police response to naked selfies however they will only do this where the issue is considered to be far outside of the norm and therefore there is a significant need for it. It is worth pointing out that the police are not necessarily experts in the issue of naked selfies, they can only really discuss the police response and processes.

It is important to understand the amount of peer pressure the young people feel to send these images. In addition they have been brought up in a celebrity society that has views everything through the microscopic lens of Instagram leading to significant self-esteem issues. As you can see from the poster opposite, during the conferences 21% of the young people stated that they felt significant peer pressure/bullied in to sending images. The biggest reason (38%) was self-esteem.