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Girls under 13 facing growing pressure to share naked photos with classmates

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Girls under 13 facing growing pressure to share naked photos with classmates

Over a third said they had been asked to send a nude image when they were 13 or younger, showed the poll – which noted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds often had the most negative experiences

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A poll found that over a third of girls surveyed had been asked to send a nude image when they were aged 13 or younger (file photo)

Girls under the age of 13 are facing growing pressure to send classmates naked images, according to a poll.

The survey of more than 5,000 pupils found six in 10 girls and three in 10 boys had been asked to share a nude by someone else.

More than 50% of the girls were asked to share a nude, or nearly, by someone else.

The research by Not Just Flirting, in partnership with the PHSE Association, also found that over a third of the girls surveyed had been asked to send a nude image when they were aged 13 or younger.

Among those who had ever been sent a nude or nearly nude image or video, 82% said it was usually or always via Snapchat.







The research also found six in 10 girls and three in 10 boys had been asked to share a nude by someone else (file photo)
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The study, reported by the Daily Mail, noted that girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in particular often have the most negative experiences.

Damon de Ionno is the managing director at Revealing Reality. He said that he witnessed a significant increase in young people sharing nude images through his research.

“Image-sharing itself was not the focus of these pieces of work.

But we found more evidence of it being widespread and could lead to negative consequences. These seemed to be disproportionately affecting certain groups, especially girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. ”

The PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Association released new lesson plans to deal with feelings about sharing nudes.







Among those who had ever been sent a nude or nearly nude image or video, 82% said it was usually or always via Snapchat (file photo)
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Mr de Ionno said: “For our research, we wanted to examine specifically whether, rather than being an disproportionately affected relative privileged child, image-sharing experiences may actually be worse for children from more disadvantaged families. While in some instances, nude image sharing may be part of flirting or empowered in certain cases, it is possible for the situation to turn into something more than harmless entertainment. ”

The findings come after a separate survey, by charity Girlguiding, showed nearly 80% of young women and girls were cyber-bullying victims in the year up to February 2022.

It found that one fifth of had been subject to unsolicited explicit photos and were being pressured into sharing naked pictures.

The poll also found a third had been sexually harassed online and three-quarters of the 2,000 females, aged 13-21, felt anxious, depressed and lacking in self-confidence.

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