Sexually explicit images sent by youngsters can 'ruin' their lives for years, police are warning.
A clamp down on 'sexting' – when messages, photos or video footage of a sexual nature are shared via text or across social media – has been organised by Gloucestershire Police.
They have enlisted young people from the Youth Achievement Foundation, in Kingsway, to design a hard-hitting poster to get the message out ahead of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday.
Fears that 'sexting' images and videos could get into the wrong hands and lead to bullying and humiliation have been highlighted.
PC Jenny Kadodia, of Gloucestershire Constabulary's Schools Unit, said: "This is a growing issue and one we have seen in the county a number of times.
"Many youngsters may not fully appreciate the possible consequences of posting explicit images of themselves or others online but it can be devastating and even ruin lives."
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