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Film released by Hampshire Police to mark Safer Internet Day

Hampshire Police have released a short film to mark 'Safer Internet Day', to highlight the risks of sending nude pictures to other people online.

The film tells the real life story of Megan when she sent a picture to a boy in her school to try and fit in.

Officers hope the videos will showcase the risks of sending these kind of images - and also help people who are struggling to seek support.

Throughout the day Hampshire Police will be using the hashtag #ItHappenedToMe in their posts, advising how to stay safe online.

Police have told us more about why the film has been made:

"The film tells the real life story of Megan, who at the age of 14 moved to a new school after being bullied at her previous school, and was desperate to fit in.  Everyone wanted to be friends with the new girl and she felt on top of the world. 

"Her social media accounts were going through the roof with all her new friends and followers. 

"She didn’t think things could get any better, when she thought she’d caught the eye of a boy and they began chatting on social media.  However, things weren’t as they seemed and she found herself being tricked into sending a nude photo of herself which were quickly shared around the entire school and beyond.

"Megan was devastated but is now speaking about her experience to help warn young people and educate people about the dangers of sending such pictures online."

PC Maria Carrick said:

“Together with Megan we have created three versions of our film, ‘Sending nudes: #ItHappenedToMe’.  One version is aimed at young people, one at parents and one at professionals who work with young people to highlight the risks of sexting.  We hope that hearing about Megan’s experience and how she overcame this difficult time will give strength and support to young people who experience bullying and pressure for nude pictures or naked selfies.

“We’ll be broadcasting our film on a range of social media and online channels, including Safe4Me, to get the message across to as many people as possible and will be sending the film to schools so it can be shown to pupils and staff.  We will continue working in partnership with schools, youth centres, and others organisations to raise awareness.

 “We encourage parents and teachers not to be afraid to talk to children about their activities on social media and explain the importance of privacy, and thinking before uploading content online, to prevent them from becoming both the victims and perpetrators.”

Hampshire Police have released three versions of the film which you can watch below - they're aimed at young people, parents and professionals.

Those wanting more advice on how to stay safe online can visit the Safe4me website. 

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