12-year-old girl left 'traumatised' after she was sent naked photo on Facebook (From Bournemouth Echo)
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12-year-old girl left 'traumatised' after she was sent naked photo on Facebook
A MOTHER-of-six has said her 12-year-old daughter was left “traumatised” after she was sent a naked picture on Facebook.
The Bournemouth mother said her daughter was “shocked and devastated” by the photo and remains terrified that it will happen again.
She said: “My daughter is such a gentle, normal 12-year-old so she was completely shocked by the naked picture. I'm just worried that it will happen again, so I will be making sure she can't access Facebook from now on.
“She was so innocent and the sexually explicit photo has completely devastated her. I only let her use Facebook for an hour a day and I closely monitored what she was doing, but I never expected anything like this to happen.”
As part of the testimony process at the police station, the 12-year-old had to draw the picture she was sent.
Her mother said: “She found this so humiliating and felt really degraded and dirty.”
LV=Streetwise Centre in Bournemouth teaches the importance of staying safe online using an online chat room.
Centre manager Alison Shelton said: “Given that someone online might lie about who they are it's best to only use online chat with real world friends and family – and even then young and old should always be prepared to tell a trusted adult if someone or something makes them feel uncomfortable.”
A Dorset police spokesperson said a 17-year-old was arrested and released without charge.
* If young people are being threatened online or they have shared something they regret they can report it to CEOP online by going to www.thinkuknow.co.uk or visiting the CEOP Safety Centre.
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