The enemy within

Steve Wheeler, an Associate Professor of learning technology in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society, at Plymouth University has written a blog post on sexting, or ‘the enemy within’.

As he explains, most parents are more concerned about ‘stranger danger’ when it comes to their children using social media and the internet. But it is what children and young adults are generating themselves that is often missed.

the worrying trend of ‘sexting’ – the sending and receiving of sexually explicit messages and images via mobile devices – seems to be something that children in school accept as a part of their daily life.

Research on this topic by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (UK) can be found here. Please note that this was a small project in terms of participants, but it does give a view of what some children and young adults are feeling and doing in terms of using social media.

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