“It doesn’t surprise me. I mean, I’ve seen sexting now as early as Grade Four.”
With about a dozen students at Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary facing disciplinary action over the exchange of inappropriate photos of a sexually suggestive nature, a Victoria Police officer says its another stark reminder of the digital age youth live in today.
Sergeant Darren Laur also runs a company which specializes in online and social media safety.
He says the stats surrounding students and “sexting” show its becoming more prevalent
“When it comes to what we call sexting, or what the law here in Canada is now calling the distribution of intimate images, what a lot of the peer review research is now showing us here in Canada is about one in four high school students have engaged in some form of sexting or distribution of intimate image behaviour.”
“About one third of youth who have connected with us was because of sexting gone wrong issues. Sometimes when these pictures get out there, although the person you’re sending it to is gonna say they’ll keep it private, the reality is in some cases they don’t. And once they get out there, they can destroy a young person.”
Laur says the latest incident should be a wakeup call to youth to be mindful about sharing inappropriate images, because they can have lasting psychological and emotional repercussions.