Some useful guidance for parents of teens - what to look out for and steps that can be taken when help is needed.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidelines on what is known as harmful sexual behaviour. As well as sexting (sending sexually explicit pictures or messages via smartphone) it also includes other age inappropriate sexual behaviour such as watching extreme pornography or making inappropriate remarks. The NICE guidance, published online today, focuses on children and young people who are the sole offenders of harmful sexual activities, directed either towards themselves or others, rather than child sexual exploitation, peer-on-peer or gang-related sexual violence. NICE suggests inappropriate sexual behaviour, including sexting, is often an expression of other underlying problems and should be addressed early.