Teenagers warned 'sexting isn't harmless fun'

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A new campaign warning teenagers of the dangers of ‘sexting’ is being launched today to coincide with Safer Internet day.

The practice known as sexting is when sexually explicit messages are sent or received, usually over text or instant messaging services.

Local authorities say the practice is on the rise and that many teenagers are putting themselves at risk by thinking it’s harmless fun.

Staffordshire County Council have launched a new multimedia website to advise teenagers and parents about the dangers of sexting, as part of its "Say no to Sexting campaign."

Police say sexting puts children at a greater risk of sexual exploitation.

For more information on sexting and the 'Say no to sexting campaign' head to www.knowaboutcse.co.uk