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Sexual Exploitation Service Manager Discusses Sexting

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During our Let’s Talk About Sexting campaign, we have been encouraging young people, parents and carers to learn more about sexting and why it occurs at the rates that it does and what the potential risks of sexting could be. Last week we looked at real life instances of young people sexting and the ways it has effected young people’s lives. This week we spoke with Sheffield Futures’ Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service Manager, Jane Fidler, to better understand how the young people she has worked with view sexting and what can be done to prevent young people from feeling anxious, depressed and in the worst cases, suicidal because of the consequences of sexting.

In part one of our interview with Jane, we look into the reasons young people sext as well as the consequences.

 

Next week we will be speaking to a parent whose child has been involved with sexting

If you have been affected by any aspect of sexting you can get help from the organisations bellow:

Childline – 0800 11 11 or in an online chat athttp://www.childline.org.uk/Talk/Chat/Pages/OnlineChat.aspx

If parents and carers are concerned about their child, they can contact the NSPCC – 0808 800 5000, by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk, or by texting 88858.

They can also ring the Online Safety Helpline by ringing 0808 800 5002.

Revenge Porn Helpline – http://www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk/ or call on 0800 6000 459

5 Steps To Deal With Back-to-School Stress

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If you are one of the many young people that have gone back to school today, then I hope you had a great first day! It can be daunting heading back to school after the summer holidays, which can lead to stress and anxiety but we’re here to help. Here’s 5 steps to help you cope with returning to school.

Step 1   Look after yourself:

Sometimes we often forget abut the importance of the basics. Are you getting enough sleep, eating regular meals and healthy snacks. It hard to focus on anything if you’re exhausted and running on an empty tank.

 

Step 2   Talk to Someone:

Ever heard the saying a problem shared is a problem halved. If you’re worried, a good way to rationalize things is to sometimes get it out in the open and share your worries with someone you can trust – perhaps a best friend or a parent.

 

Step 3   Problem solve:

You could write a list of all the things that are worrying you about going back to school and start developing ways you can cope with each of these worries. It’s sometimes best to do this with someone you trust, as they may be able to give you a different perspective on the worst case scenarios you are imaging might happen. For example, If (the worst) happens, what could you do?” or “Let’s think of some ways you could handle that situation.”

 

Step 4   Focus on the positives: 

You should always try and think of positive aspects of returning to school because there may be more than you think. What are three things you are most excited about?

 

Step 5   Get support:

It’s great if you have your own support system but remember there are always people who are here to help. As well as parents and friends – you can contact our team at Sheffield Futures to have a chat about how we can help you.

 

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