And this year alone, across the UK the police have investigated thousands of children for sexting including a five-year-old boy in County Durham, and a year-old boy who was cautioned by Northumbria Police. Maybe then young people might feel valued enough that the pressure of living up to whatever society's version of "sexy" is fades away, along with the need to judge other people's versions. A law defined too widely could criminalise teenagers behaviour. Sign in to our Contributor site. But nobody likes to talk about penises unless it's Justin Bieber's and I'm pretty certain the ratio of praise to shame he received was quite different to what Kardashian is experiencing right now.
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Sexting has led to criminal prosecution along with classification as a sex offender for some young people. We have images for every project, all covered by worry free licensing Download with confidence Find your plan. Editorial content, such as news and celebrity images, are not cleared for commercial use. Despite the social-media firestorm of well-known celebrities and columnists slut-shaming her for posting a naked selfie on Tuesday -- a day when we were meant to be celebrating women -- it offered an important lesson in female empowerment. Self expression All of these reports of increases in sexual offences among children have been accompanied by a cry for better sex education on both the laws on sexual behaviour, but also on topics like sexting and pornography. But the truth is, that same feeling of shame begins even before we know what a tampon is. They dress to make themselves feel good and, more often than not, for other women.