reports a spokesman of the Gloucestershire Police, said they received report of a video posted to a Facebook page showing a sexual act between a 14-year-old boy from Cheltenham and a 14-year-old girl from the Forest of Dean. The police said the sexual act was consensual, and the video has been removed from the website. The 14-year-old boy was arrested and given a final warning for making and distributing an indecent image.
According to The Telegraph
, the police spokesman said they were aware that other children had seen the footage. Police say officers have spoken to the girl involved and her parents. The police said: "We know parents may be concerned by this incident and would obviously advise people not to upload any material of this nature to social media websites."
reports the Internet has facilitated the making and distribution of "sex tapes" and cites the example of release of X Factor judge Tulisa's video as a recent example.
reports that Lawrence Montagu, headteacher at a nearby Catholic school, St Peter's High School in Gloucester, whose pupils were not involved in the incident, but many of whom have reportedly seen the tapes, wrote in a school newsletter: "I am led to believe that this video involves young people from schools in Gloucestershire but not, I emphasize, St Peter’s. However, I know that the video has been viewed by students in St Peter’s and I have spoken to the school about the lack of dignity and self-respect people have who allow themselves to be portrayed in such a way."
Montague regretted that young people are being exposed to pornography. He described pornography as "one of the evils of modern technology," and urged parents to continue educating their children to exploit the benefits of technology but to avoid misusing it. The headteacher said parents must try to persuade young people that they should not be involved in listening to or looking at anything "that portrays a lack of dignity and respect for other people." He said: "I know that in St Peter’s there are many young men and women who do not want to see such behaviour and I applaud them for maintaining their self-respect."
reports inspector Andy Matheson of the police force's school unit, said that the practice of posting pornographic images on the Internet is becoming more common. He said that smart phones allow young people to share images with ease. According to Matheson, a lot of people, however, do not understand that once an image is shared on Internet by posting on a social networking site, the original owner loses control of the image. Even if he deletes the image other persons might have copied it and shared it online. He said what is called "sexting," sending sexually explicit photographs between mobile phones is also very common among young people. But he warned that if the subject of the image is under 18 "then anyone who makes, possesses or shares the image commits a criminal offense." He added: "The consequences can be quite devastating for the person concerned. If anybody finds themselves in this situation I would strongly urge them to contact the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center, who can offer valuable help and advice."