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She found out by accident when her computer, which she shared with her youngest son Josh, had a virus.
While the consultant was fixing it, he found uploaded mobile-phone photos of girls doing things – none of which would grace a family newspaper.
Viewing and sharing sexual content is becoming the norm – as has hiding it from parents.
The acronyms NIFOC (naked in front of computer), GNOC (get naked on camera), NP4NP (naked pic for naked pic) and POS (parent over shoulder) need no explanation to anyone in their teens or 20s, but may well be a shock to parents such as Sarah.
Here he investigates…When Sarah came to see me in my mental-health clinic, her story was all too familiar.
He was discovering girls, dating and sex – nothing abnormal about that – but because it was all happening online, it was affecting his nervous system in ways we are only just beginning to understand. For my generation (I am 44), the first hurdle we had to overcome was getting to whatever party it was where there might be some action.
Nearly half did not see anything wrong with sending topless images and 56 per cent said they didn’t know whether their images and videos were distributed further than the intended recipient.
As the recent police caution of a schoolgirl who sent an explicit selfie to her boyfriend shows, many teens don’t realise that they risk ending up on the sex offenders’ register for distributing indecent images of a child – even if they are the child in question (the girl’s boyfriend, who forwarded it on after a row, was also cautioned).
From video sex chats and naked selfies to sexting, sharing sexual content by smartphone is now the norm for many teenagers.
But the fact that virtual sex often predates real relationships could be psychologically damaging, says mental-health expert Benjamin Fry.