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Hundreds of schoolchildren as young as 10 arrested for child porn offences after texting explicit pictures of themselves

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textingHUNDREDS of teenagers sending explicit photos of themselves by cellphone are being charged with child pornography offences, according to police in Australia where 'sexting' has reached epidemic levels.

More than 450 children, some as young as 10-years-old, have already been charged with producing or distributing child pornography in Queensland alone.

And the figures show the problem is increasing.

Young people who try 'sexting' – even if it is with the consent of their boyfriend or girlfriend – not only risk facing child porn charges, but also being placed on the sex offenders register alongside paedophiles and rapists.

Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg said told News.com.au that "a lack of parental supervision" was a key factor.

He added: “They're ignorant of the law and no one's ever sat them down and said 'When you take a picture of yourself and send it, that's child pornography'

“If a young person is put on the sex offenders registry, they have to notify police every time they change their hair colour and wouldn't easily get visas to places overseas, and it's going to make employment difficult.”

The website says the figures for Queensland could just be the tip of the iceberg, with offences potentially going unrecorded due to discretionary powers that give police the option to take no action when dealing with a juvenile offender caught with child pornography.


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