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Warning to young people posting images online

A new study has prompted Northamptonshire Police to warn young people to be mindful of what they upload to the Internet as research shows many lose control of images and videos once they are uploaded.

The study by Internet Watch foundation (IWF) found that 88% of self-generated, sexually explicit online images and videos of young people are taken from their original location and uploaded onto other websites.

“If you don’t want to share your images with strangers then don’t put them online. Just because you have removed an image, it is still out there and may even come back to haunt you years later, possibly jeopardizing your career - not to mention embarrassment with family and friends."

– Child Protection Team officer, Carole Walton