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Norfolk OPP issue warning after teen sexting reports increase

Concerned parents contacted Norfolk police after their daughter sent sexually explicit photos through a social media chat room.

The 13-year-old was corresponding with a 16-year-old male online. The male teen asked for photos and the female obliged, sending photos and a video.

The parents realized what had happened and contacted police Nov. 6.

The OPP is hoping to create awareness about the issue, and what can be done if a teen finds themselves “overwhelmed by the reality of their actions.”

In a release, the OPP said there has been an increase in reports of youth sending and requesting sexual images to be sent online or via text: sexting.

“Teens need to realize the long and short term dangers of sending out photographs of themselves,” the release said. ” Those who distribute it also need to be aware of the criminal ramifications of doing so.”

The OPP is encouraging parents to have open conversations about peer-exploitation. They want parents to explain that images shared can end up other places online.

“Everyone needs to realize the long and short term dangers of sending out photographs and videos of themselves,” said Norfolk County OPP constable Ed Sanchuk. “Once it’s out there, you can’t get it back and you should not be embarrassed to speak to police about your concerns.”

The OPP suggest The Canadian Centre for Child Protection as a resource for parents, educators and teenagers.  The CCCP also runs an online tip line.