How to respond to incidents where nudes and semi-nudes have been shared.
Tuesday 5th January 2021
During the Christmas break the government provided a brief overview for frontline staff on how to respond to incidents where nudes and semi-nudes have been shared.
the In the latest advice for schools and colleges (UKCIS, 2020), this is defined as the sending or posting of nude or semi-nude images, videos or live streams online by young people under the age of 18. This could be via social media, gaming platforms, chat apps or forums. It could also involve sharing between devices via services like Apple’s AirDrop which works offline. Alternative terms used by children and young people may include ‘dick pics’ or ‘pics’.
The motivations for taking and sharing nude and semi-nude images, videos and live streams are not always sexually or criminally motivated.
This advice does not apply to adults sharing nudes or semi-nudes of under 18-year olds. This is a form of child sexual abuse and must be referred to the police as a matter of urgency.