And we've seen young celebrities have their private (and explicit) photos hacked and leaked on to the internet.
In some instances under-18s are tricked into sending intimate photographs of themselves to adult sex offenders who then attempt to blackmail them into sending more – in what detectives have dubbed “sextortion”.
Other serious cases have involved sexual images which were sent privately to a boyfriend or girlfriend being distributed widely after a relationship turned sour. And it comes just weeks after a disturbing report by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) revealed that a significant number of children – some as young as seven – are posting explicit images of themselves online and allowing strangers to view them in sexual poses via webcams in their bedrooms.
A friend was considered a strong tie; someone with whom you could share intimate secrets. You can become ‘friends’ with someone at the click of a button.
I have written before about the concern of children valuing popularity over privacy and how they want to have as many online friends as possible.
Sharing intimate or sexualised images has become increasingly common behaviour.
The online porn industry and celebrity culture of posting near-naked selfies on social media sites (with the celeb's consent) has made a ‘reveal all’ society seem more acceptable.We don’t sell your personal info to advertisers or other third parties.This week, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has announced it's launching a campaign to give parents advice on how to respond if their child becomes involved in sexting.Such methods are becoming increasingly advanced and normally involve individuals being tricked into clicking a link on a website, or in an email.This then installs malware on their machine and results in the hacker gaining access and control of the computer, potentially including webcams.Whether they actually know these friends is irrelevant and this poses a significant threat.