Online: Tech-savvy teenagers are vulnerable to bullies.
Online: Tech-savvy teenagers are vulnerable to bullies.

Sexting selfie pics a big worry, says school cop

A SCHOOL-based police officer believes communication between parents and children is key to curbing cyber bullying.

Kawana Waters State College school-based police officer Robert Ward is seeing students as young as 12 being victimised by cyber bullies.

Acting Senior Constable Ward is passionate about educating students and young people about the problems and illegality of sometimes vicious bullying.

And a growing concern for Snr Const Ward is the number of students "sexting" photos to their peers, which end up online or on social media.

"The message we give out to kids at an early age is for them to be very aware of their security settings on social media," he said.

"We are trying to remind them through our anti-bullying processes that what they put online everyone can see and it is there forever.

"By the time the kids hit Year 8 or 9 they are made aware that there is actually legislation that covers what these students are doing sharing intimate photos of themselves.

"They are actual committing an offence of producing and distributing child exploitation material."

Snr Const Ward gives regular presentations to students on cyber bullying and playing it safe.

"Sexting and nude selfies have become a major problem at all schools.

"In my experience, over the past 12 months the incidences of cyber bullying have dropped, but the incidences of issues regarding things surrounding nude selfies is on the rise."

"Parents need to get the message that they need to understand what information their children are accessing and how they need to be involved in managing that information."