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If your child has been sending explicit images or videos of themselves, you may feel shocked, upset, angry, confused or disappointed.They’re also likely to feel anxious about talking to you.You can also set up parental controls with your internet service provider or on your child's phone to stop them from accessing harmful content."I’ve just found out my daughter has been sent some nude selfies on this instant messaging app.Schools can keep an eye on the situation and help stop images or videos being circulated.
This means that photos or videos which a young person may have shared privately could still be end up being shared between adults they don't know.
It may feel awkward, but it's important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.
Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages.
If you have any concerns about child sexual exploitation or grooming, contact the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
Remember you can contact the NSPCC helpline 24 hours a day to speak with a counsellor if you're worried about a child or need further advice on keeping children safe.