Should parents of oversexualised children face criminal charges?


Even though the problem in real terms is still blessedly small, it has increased a lot of late.

Secondary principals grappling with the growing problem of sexual images being shared by students want parents held liable for their teens’ misconduct.

They also want police to have a more consistent approach to such activity when told about it by schools.

School is out for another three weeks, but when it restarts teens know it’s not just innocent holiday snaps that’ll be shared in the playground. The sharing of sexual images, what the kids know simply as “nudes”, is a growing issue in schools.

“It’s definitely on the rise,” says NetSafe executive director Martin Cocker. “You’re seeing kids who have got access to all the tools to capture and share this kind of content, and in the environment that they’re living in they’re seeing this kind of thing done all the time.”

With sexual images of anyone under 18 being illegal, and the victims, usually girls, often suffering lasting psychological damage, principals say one solution could be to prosecute negligent parents.

“Principals have told me there are some parents who are told directly that their children are engaging in this sort of behaviour, which amounts to cyber bullying, sexual harassment and sometimes sexual assault,” says Patrick Walsh, former Secondary Principals’ Association president. “They give them the evidence and some parents either acquiesce or condone their child’s behaviour.”

The problem also exists at primary schools, although to a lesser extent.

Do you agree?  Is prosecuting neglectful parents the next best step?

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