Sussex Police animations highlight risks of nude selfies

Sussex Police have released two animations to highlight the potential consequences of young people sending nude selfies.

They are warning children that sharing nude selfies could lead to blackmail and exploitation in some cases.

The force said it worked with children and young people in youth services across Sussex to create the videos.

It has released the video on police Youtube, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts.

They are aimed at children and young people aged between 11-17 years old.

One is from the perspective of a female child victim, who is blackmailed after sending a nude selfie.

The other is from the partner of a victim who sends their pictures to a friend.

Both videos have been released as part of a Sussex Police campaign to disrupt, tackle and prevent child sexual exploitation.

Deputy superintendent Jason Tingley said:

“We recognise the vulnerability of children and young people sharing nude selfies, and the way in which on some occasions this can escalate to more serious exploitation which can have a devastating effect.

“Communicating the potential consequences in a way that children understand and on forums they use is crucial if we are going to make a difference in this area”.

Sussex Police and Crime Commisioner Katy Bourne has welcomed the move by the force.

She said:

“It may seem like a good idea at the time if it’s for a boyfriend or girlfriend but it can be extremely risky.

“Children and young people should know that they are not alone if they’re feeling pressured or being threatened.”

Those who believe a child may be at risk of sexual exploitation can report it to Sussex Police by calling 101 or emailing [email protected].

They can also visit the Safe:Space Sussex website.

Details about the risks of sending nude selfies can be found at the Sussex Police website.

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