Think before you send

Leeds Safeguarding Children's Board launches this campaign on 4 August 2015

It is very easy for young people to share pictures and videos online. With cameras on every mobile phone, a picture can be posted and shared in an instant so it’s easy to make mistakes and for children and young people to send something that they regret later. Children and young people might be tempted or persuaded to share nude and underwear pictures. They might share these with their boyfriend or girlfriend or with others they trust; however, doing this can easily lead to problems such as bullying or blackmail. Being involved in sending explicit pictures, where the person in the picture is under the age of 18, is a criminal offence. This could lead to a young person getting into trouble with the police, affect their chances of getting a job and even limit the countries that they can travel to.

The Leeds Safeguarding Children Board along with its West Yorkshire partners has launched the “Think before you send” campaign, targeting young people on the consequences of sending sexual images.

Help support the campaign

If your organisation provides a service to young people you can help support the campaign by displaying the posters or linking to the website: http://www.leedslscb.org.uk/sexting

You can also help spread the word via social media on twitter @LeedsLSCB or Facebook. Please use the hashtag #thinkB4Usend Posters and web banners are available from: http://www.leedslscb.org.uk/Practitioners/Support-our-campaigns/Think-before-you-send