Victims of 'sexting' being ignored, campaigners claim

Sexting in schools is being ignored according to children's charity Barnardo's. Credit: Chris Radburn / PA Archive/PA Images

The pressure children are under from classmates to send naked pictures is not being ignored, according to children's charity Barnardo's.

Ambassador for the charity, former Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, accused the Government of failing young women by not cracking down on sexting in schools.

Ms Roberts said she had heard 'heartbreaking' stories of exploitation. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas / PA Wire/PA Images

Writing in the Times (£), Ms Roberts said she had been told many "heartbreaking" stories of girls who have been exploited.

She warned that while children are often told not to talk to strangers online, the issue of sexting at school has not been addressed.

She also called for lessons in personal, social and health education (PSHE) to be made compulsory to help teenagers "navigate their way through society".