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dealing with pornography

14 February 2014

A recent survey has found that many teachers have seen an increase in the sharing of pornographic content among pupils. This issue is becoming increasingly harder to police with sites such as Snapchat which allow the recipient to see an image before it then disappears 10 seconds later.

Searching, seizing and confiscating items that perpetuate acts such as ‘sexting’, cyber-bullying and sharing of indecent material has been made easier with clearer guidance issued for schools but staff still need to feel confident and properly trained. In some cases, engaging parents also remains the challenge especially when constant technological innovations present additional risks to their children.

If we are to succeed in safeguarding children from the dangers of pornography, it seems inevitable that schools will take the lead in engaging parents and pupils. Clear guidance and good training helps, but the key is pupil and parent engagement.

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