VIDEO: Bid to dissuade Plymouth teens from uploading explicit videos
A NEW film aimed at stopping youngsters from putting sexually explicit footage of themselves online has been launched in Plymouth.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has created the new interactive film "First to a Million" in an attempt to dissuade young people from uploading video content to sites like YouTube which they could come to regret.
The film – which yesterday received its premier at the Tor Bridge High school in Millar Way, Estover – follows a group of teens in their battle to reach a million views online through their increasingly outrageous films.
At each step the viewer gets to choose what the characters do next, teaching teenagers how easy it is to make the wrong choices.
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The interactive film features popular teenage pranks going wrong and includes scenes that highlight the trend of uploading sexual content to social networking sites or sending via text messages.
Aimed at 13 -18 year olds, it shows what young people can do and where they can go for help if they've shared something they shouldn't have.
Research shows that 88 per cent of self-generated, sexually explicit online images and videos of young people are taken from their original location and uploaded onto other websites.
The research has also found that one in four children, when upset by online risk, choose to ignore the problem and hope it will go away.
Jonathan Baggaley, head of education at CEOP said: "Pictures and videos can now be shared online in an instant and even on the move by young people. It's very easy to upload something you'll regret later without thinking and run into all sorts of problems.
"We know that young people in these situations often don't know where to turn for help when things have gone wrong. It's important they don't feel isolated or alone when this happens.
"This film shows young people how easy it is to share something you shouldn't, how to make the right choices and where to go for help if you run into problem."
Since its inception, CEOP has seen an increase in young people sharing sexual pictures and video content of themselves amongst their peer group.
Det Insp Simon Snell, of Devon and Cornwall Police Child Exploitation Unit said: "Devon and Cornwall Police fully support this initiative lead by CEOP. Sadly many of the young people concerned in this activity do not recognise the consequences or the risks of their actions. Whilst appreciating that the posting of some of these images are illegal it can also lead to bullying and others coming into possession of the images.
"The key piece of advice I would give is would you be happy for an indecent image of yourself to be posted onto the internet without your knowledge and consent. If the answer is no then don't do it yourself!"
If a child has sent or received a picture or video of this nature, they can get help. They can talk to a trusted adult, Childline on 0800 1111 and www.childline.org.uk or report to CEOP at www.clickceop.net.