LONDON: More than 60 percent of school staff in Britain are aware of 13-16 year olds sharing sexual material online, and pupils as young as seven have been caught “sexting”, a study said Friday.
The report from teaching union NASUWT union found that 63 percent of teachers were aware of 14-year-olds sexting, while 45 percent said they knew of 13-year-olds sharing material of a sexual nature.
A small amount of teachers said seven-, eight-, and nine-year-olds were engaged in such behaviour, and a quarter of respondents said they were aware of 11-year-olds sexting.
Around half of all teachers said they knew of pupils using social media to send sexist and bullying messages to other students, and a similar number were aware of racist messages.
Half of them had suffered online abuse and negative comments, including false accusations of paedophilia.
Almost a third of teachers reported seeing online photos or videos of themselves taken without consent.