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York High School's dedicated website to pupil health and wellbeing.

Peer Pressure & Sexting

  • Definition
    Your ‘peers’ are people who are a similar age to you.

    Peer pressure is feeling like you have to do something just because your friends or other people around you are doing it - to feel like you fit in.

    Sexting - the words ‘sex’ and ‘texting’ together.
    Sexting describes swapping sexual messages, photos (also known as nudies or nude selfies) or videos, usually using a mobile phone.

    The Law
    Sending a naked image of yourself via text message or social media, when you are below the age of 18 is illegal. It counts as an offence if caught distributing an indecent image of a child and could result with you ending up on the sex offenders register.
  • Signs
    Sending or receiving rude or sexual text messages
    Sending or receiving naked or sexual images
  • Advice
    Many young people find it easier or less embarrassing to talk or share images via text, email and instant messaging than talking face to face about sex.

    It is important that you understand that once you have sent or uploaded a photo or video you have lost all control over it for good. Even if you use Snapchat or webcams.

    Any images you share over the internet could be sent to or seen by anyone, anywhere in the world including your parents, teachers or total strangers. Imagine having intimate parts of your body being seen all around the world or by a future employer or college teacher one day.

    Only ever send text or images if you would be happy with other people seeing it.
    Don’t send anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers or friends seeing.
    Be brave and communicate face to face.
  • Where can i get help?
    In school you can talk to the following people:
    A friend
    Your Tutor
    Head of House
    Miss Masterman – Pupil Welfare Officer
    Noreen Reid – Pastoral Mentor (Drop in sessions Tuesday & Wednesday during break and lunchtime)

    In the community:
    Talk to your parents or GP

    Childline (Free) 0800 1111
    Samaritans 116 123