Sexting: 60% of teenagers asked to send sexual phone pictures
Sixty per cent of 13 to 18-year-olds have been asked to send sexual pictures or videos of themselves to someone else, according to a new survey.
The NSPCC has now set up a partnership to help young people get explicit images removed from the internet after the rise of the practice, known as "sexting".
In the study by ChildLine, 40 per cent of the sample said they had created an image or video of themselves.
And 25 per cent said they had sent the pictures to someone else from a mobile phone or over the internet.
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More than half reported they had received sexual content - with a third of respondents saying it came from a stranger.
A third also claimed images or videos they had sent went to people they had met online.
The NSPCC said: "The sharing of self-generated sexually explicit images or videos by mobile phone or online is now commonplace amongst young people to the point that it is considered 'mundane'."
The charity announced its ChildLine service and the Internet Watch Foundation had joined forces to ensure young people of 17 years and under know where to turn to get sexually explicit images removed from the internet.