The possibility of young people developing anxiety after being involved in sexting during lockdown isn't surprising, according to one expert.
A new toolkit has been launched helping youth workers address the issue with teenagers.
Our health promotion team launched 'Let's Talk About Sexting' toolkit for youth workers today!
Great seminar earlier w/ fantastic speakers from @BeLonG_To @ucddublin @Zeeko_Education to open discussion around sexting & young people. @DCYAPress @HSELive https://t.co/EcwK7lq3C7
— NYCI (@nycinews) June 26, 2020
The toolkit provides guidance on:
- What is meant by the term sexting
- Sexting and the Irish law
- Guidance for young people on what to do if they are involved in a sexting incident which they are not comfortable in
- Guidance for the youth worker if a young person notifies them on a sexting incident
- Additional supports and services for both the youth worker and young people
The National Youth Council of Ireland has also developed this tool with the help of the Gardai.
It's after concerns were raised by youth workers about how to approach the matter.
Experts warn that there could be increased anxiety among teenagers who have sent a sexual image while stuck at home.
That same research found 13% of 15-18 year olds had their sexual image shared without their consent.
Meanwhile, nearly half said they also received such an image without asking for one.