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Harrogate teens campaign for social media safety

Harrogate teens campaign for social media safety

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 1:22pm 5th August 2013. (Updated at 5:44pm 5th August 2013)

 

A group of young people in Harrogate are warning other teenagers about the dangers of posting provocative pictures of themselves online.

Jade Weatherill, 17, has seen the negative impact other young people have suffered as a consequence of seeking internet ‘fame’ in this way.

Now working with Fixers, the national movement of young people ‘fixing’ the future, Jade is leading a group which is producing a viral advert to get their message across.

Aimed at urging 13 to 17-year-olds not to fall victim to the fad, the viral advert has been posted on social media websites.

Jade, who attends Harrogate College, said: "There is a lot of pornography on social media sites that young people are putting up themselves.

"It's an issue that needs to be targeted. If we can get one person to think about not putting compromising pictures of themselves online or being rude and obnoxious, that would be a great thing for us to achieve."

The group say they have witnessed girls as young as 12 using sexually explicit language and encouraging others to engage sexually with them online.

They have also been aware of girls aged 14 to 17 posting naked and semi-naked images of themselves, or sending sexually explicit text messages to their boyfriends, which have then been uploaded onto the internet when the relationship ends.

James Nicholls, 16, helped to make the video.

He said: "Sometimes people can be pressured in to it as well. So if someone says ‘do this’ then they will. Particularly vulnerable people."

Another Harrogate Fixer who also helped with the campaign, Heather Schofield, 14, added: "It's getting worse and worse through the generations. So we want to get the message out there before everyone starts doing it."

Sarah Embleton, 15, from Harrogate, said: "This issue is probably one of the popular ones, but some people are still not aware of it."

Fixers is a charity which supports thousands of young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better, addressing any issue they feel strongly about.

How each Fixer tackles an issue is up to them - as long as they benefit someone else.

Watch the Harrogate Fixers' viral video here:

More information about the Fixers here.

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