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Children aged just SEVEN are sexting: Half of teachers have caught pupils exchanging explicit pictures and videos in class “Rotten World Huh!!”

Children as young as seven are sexting in class, it has emerged.

More than half of teachers say they have caught pupils exchanging explicit pictures, messages and videos.

A survey by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers NASUWT  union found children aged at least 14 were the biggest culprits, but some staff claimed much younger pupils were also involved.

Examples included children taking pictures of their genitals or filming themselves carrying out sex acts and sharing them.

One of the 1,300 teachers surveyed told how a vulnerable girl was befriended on social media by other pupils, who encouraged her to send sexual images of herself, which were then distributed around the school.

Another teacher said: ‘It happens all the time. The girl sends a topless picture to her boyfriend then he will send it to his friends.’

Teachers said that the children sharing pictures of themselves and their classmates were usually unaware that they were actually distributing illegal child pornography.

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Just over 60 per cent of those surveyed said they were aware of 14-year-olds sexting, while 45 per cent said those involved were aged as young as 13.

A handful of teachers said they knew of children aged seven to nine who had taken part in sexting.

The survey also found half of the union’s members discovered negative or abusive comments about themselves posted by pupils on social media.

Examples included images which had been doctored to make them look like Islamic State ringleader Jihadi John, being falsely called a paedophile, and receiving rape threats.

A silhouette of teenage boy texting with mobile phone. Picture by Jim Holden.. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.

Almost a third saw a photo or video of them taken without consent, while nearly one in ten experienced threatening behaviour.
Credit: NASUWT {National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers}

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