Lewes MP urges teachers to delete sexting images from pupils' phones

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Lewes MP Norman Baker says teachers should delete any explicit images they find on pupils' phones. 

During a commons debate on cyber bullying yesterday, Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston asked Mr Baker what measure have been taken to prevent young people being "pressured into sending intimate photographs of themselves only to find that those images are sometimes posted, distributed or shared without their consent, which is an important form of bullying and harassment."

Mr Baker replied: "We have given teachers stronger powers to tackle cyber-bullying by searching for and, if necessary, deleting inappropriate images or files on electronic devices, including mobile phones.

"It is critical to educate young people about the risks of sending intimate photographs. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has developed a specific educational resource to tackle sexting that is designed for use by teachers."

The Internet Watch Foundation revealed last year that as well as being shared on teens’ smartphones, tens of thousands of explicit self-portraits taken by teenagers are ending up on websites viewed by paedophiles.

Children's charity ChildLine also warns that young people are taking huge risks by taking and sending the sexual images.

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11:59am Tue 28 Jan 14

kopite_rob says...

Or heres a radical idea.
Stop kids being distracted by phones, ipods, tablets by banning said items from school. In the old days you bought a banned item into school it was locked in a draw and given back at the end of the day.
You learnt not to get you're walkman (yes that old) out on show or it was gone for the day.

Why do children even need phones in school?
They're children they don't know anyone.Everyone they know is in class with them.
Attention should be towards the front of the class, not furtive texts under the desk.
Has the country really lost control that much?
Or heres a radical idea. Stop kids being distracted by phones, ipods, tablets by banning said items from school. In the old days you bought a banned item into school it was locked in a draw and given back at the end of the day. You learnt not to get you're walkman (yes that old) out on show or it was gone for the day. Why do children even need phones in school? They're children they don't know anyone.Everyone they know is in class with them. Attention should be towards the front of the class, not furtive texts under the desk. Has the country really lost control that much? kopite_rob

12:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Cave Johnson says...

No one has the right to delete anything from your phone, even the police, without a court order. Mr Baker is talking nonsense.
No one has the right to delete anything from your phone, even the police, without a court order. Mr Baker is talking nonsense. Cave Johnson

1:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Tallywhacker says...

Well seeing as the NSC and GCHQ are reading all our texts and emails why don't they do it. And what right has a teacher to be reading a kids phone anyway even my boss wouldn't dare ask that. If a teacher thiks there is something on it thet should let the parents know not hide it.
Well seeing as the NSC and GCHQ are reading all our texts and emails why don't they do it. And what right has a teacher to be reading a kids phone anyway even my boss wouldn't dare ask that. If a teacher thiks there is something on it thet should let the parents know not hide it. Tallywhacker

1:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Seventh Circle says...

How did this idiot ever get elected? Doesn't say much for the Lewes electorate... someone who advocates not wearing cycle helmets... let's hope he doesn't have a crash and land on his cabbage-head..... total excrement bilcher
How did this idiot ever get elected? Doesn't say much for the Lewes electorate... someone who advocates not wearing cycle helmets... let's hope he doesn't have a crash and land on his cabbage-head..... total excrement bilcher Seventh Circle

1:19pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Brightonlad86 says...

Unfortunately confiscation no longer works as a deterrent. Kids (YES KIDS!! Not young adults etc) these days just refuse to hand their property over to teachers. Because the teachers cannot physically take the item it gives the kids yet more power.

Teachers/schools need more powers. Personally I think all phone signals need to be scrambled thus rendering the phone useless for anyone in the school, in terms of calls, txt's, and internet. And yes, that should include teachers!! After all, they are at work. Whilst it doesn't stop pictures, which should be policed by parents, it does at least restrict what the phone can be used for when at school.
Unfortunately confiscation no longer works as a deterrent. Kids (YES KIDS!! Not young adults etc) these days just refuse to hand their property over to teachers. Because the teachers cannot physically take the item it gives the kids yet more power. Teachers/schools need more powers. Personally I think all phone signals need to be scrambled thus rendering the phone useless for anyone in the school, in terms of calls, txt's, and internet. And yes, that should include teachers!! After all, they are at work. Whilst it doesn't stop pictures, which should be policed by parents, it does at least restrict what the phone can be used for when at school. Brightonlad86

4:00pm Tue 28 Jan 14

the red head says...

It should be a parents responsibility rather than the teachers. The implications of a teacher accessing personal data is wide open to misinterpretation and could lead to counter accusations. It would be despicable to expose teachers to this additional responsibility whilst parents remain 'let off'. Let's stop passing the buck.
It should be a parents responsibility rather than the teachers. The implications of a teacher accessing personal data is wide open to misinterpretation and could lead to counter accusations. It would be despicable to expose teachers to this additional responsibility whilst parents remain 'let off'. Let's stop passing the buck. the red head

7:22pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Sussex jim says...

kopite_rob wrote:
Or heres a radical idea.
Stop kids being distracted by phones, ipods, tablets by banning said items from school. In the old days you bought a banned item into school it was locked in a draw and given back at the end of the day.
You learnt not to get you're walkman (yes that old) out on show or it was gone for the day.

Why do children even need phones in school?
They're children they don't know anyone.Everyone they know is in class with them.
Attention should be towards the front of the class, not furtive texts under the desk.
Has the country really lost control that much?
Back in the sixties even a transistor radio would be confiscated for the day; with dire threats of confiscation for the entire term if caught again.
And quite rightly. School is for paying attention and learning. Social media is for using when you get home.
[quote][p][bold]kopite_rob[/bold] wrote: Or heres a radical idea. Stop kids being distracted by phones, ipods, tablets by banning said items from school. In the old days you bought a banned item into school it was locked in a draw and given back at the end of the day. You learnt not to get you're walkman (yes that old) out on show or it was gone for the day. Why do children even need phones in school? They're children they don't know anyone.Everyone they know is in class with them. Attention should be towards the front of the class, not furtive texts under the desk. Has the country really lost control that much?[/p][/quote]Back in the sixties even a transistor radio would be confiscated for the day; with dire threats of confiscation for the entire term if caught again. And quite rightly. School is for paying attention and learning. Social media is for using when you get home. Sussex jim

7:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Sussex jim says...

kopite_rob wrote:
Or heres a radical idea.
Stop kids being distracted by phones, ipods, tablets by banning said items from school. In the old days you bought a banned item into school it was locked in a draw and given back at the end of the day.
You learnt not to get you're walkman (yes that old) out on show or it was gone for the day.

Why do children even need phones in school?
They're children they don't know anyone.Everyone they know is in class with them.
Attention should be towards the front of the class, not furtive texts under the desk.
Has the country really lost control that much?
Back in the sixties even a transistor radio would be confiscated for the day; with dire threats of confiscation for the entire term if caught again.
And quite rightly. School is for paying attention and learning. Social media is for using when you get home.
[quote][p][bold]kopite_rob[/bold] wrote: Or heres a radical idea. Stop kids being distracted by phones, ipods, tablets by banning said items from school. In the old days you bought a banned item into school it was locked in a draw and given back at the end of the day. You learnt not to get you're walkman (yes that old) out on show or it was gone for the day. Why do children even need phones in school? They're children they don't know anyone.Everyone they know is in class with them. Attention should be towards the front of the class, not furtive texts under the desk. Has the country really lost control that much?[/p][/quote]Back in the sixties even a transistor radio would be confiscated for the day; with dire threats of confiscation for the entire term if caught again. And quite rightly. School is for paying attention and learning. Social media is for using when you get home. Sussex jim

7:32pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Sussex jim says...

Seventh Circle wrote:
How did this idiot ever get elected? Doesn't say much for the Lewes electorate... someone who advocates not wearing cycle helmets... let's hope he doesn't have a crash and land on his cabbage-head..... total excrement bilcher
He got elected because he shouted the loudest, and was "not the Tory".
He gets re-elected by the ignorant proletariat in the Lewes constituency who have been brainwashed not to vote Tory; yet cannot bring themselves to vote Labour.
[quote][p][bold]Seventh Circle[/bold] wrote: How did this idiot ever get elected? Doesn't say much for the Lewes electorate... someone who advocates not wearing cycle helmets... let's hope he doesn't have a crash and land on his cabbage-head..... total excrement bilcher[/p][/quote]He got elected because he shouted the loudest, and was "not the Tory". He gets re-elected by the ignorant proletariat in the Lewes constituency who have been brainwashed not to vote Tory; yet cannot bring themselves to vote Labour. Sussex jim

8:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Morpheus says...

Parents yes, but not teachers.
Parents yes, but not teachers. Morpheus

9:15pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Roger Francais says...

Baker.... PLEASE.... S0D. OFF!
Baker.... PLEASE.... S0D. OFF! Roger Francais

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