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Teenagers warned over sharing selfies

Teenagers warned over sharing selfies

Published at 7:13am 9th July 2015. (Updated at 12:40pm 13th July 2015)

North Yorkshire Police has launched a new campaign urging teenagers to think about the consequences of sharing images over the internet.

It's estimated that as many as 75,000 paedophiles are online at any one time.

Officers say it's important that young people know exactly who they're talking to whilst online.

Three videos have been produced to support the campaign, entitled 'keep it to your selfie', which is aimed at boys and girls aged between 11 and 18.

One of the videos will be released each week for the next three weeks on the force's social media channels.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Walker, North Yorkshire Police’s Head of Cybercrime, said: "A recent report came out where they looked at the amount of indecent images of children online.

"20% of the images had been taken by the child themselves.

"Young people are savvy, they do understand it, but they perhaps don’t think about the consequences of what they're doing."