Julia Hartley-Brewer says issue of child sexting is a 'terrifying' problem

Oyoty app: 'Millions of children are sending explicit images which often end up with paedophiles'

An app working against explicit photos has been created (Stock image)

Monday, November 13, 2017

talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer has said child sexting presents a "terrifying" problem for parents, after a new app was launched to deal with the issue.

The app, called Oyoty, has been created to send children warnings when it believes they are about to send or post explicit messages or photos online. It also uses artificial intelligence to sense when there is too much skin showing in a photo and can send warning messages to parents.

Speaking to John Carr, a member of the UK Council on Child Internet Safety, Julia said the issue was particularly horrific for parents as the technology is more intrustive and less understood than ever before.

Carr said: "I guess we’d all rather these sorts of apps weren’t necessary, but the truth is millions of children around the world have been sending photographs which technically are illegal.

"The police don’t prosecute but you can get effectively a criminal record that will stay with you for the rest of your life it’s a stupid rule in my opinion but that is the sad reality."

He explained that "if you post an image you’re essentially giving it up. You're losing control and you never know where it will end up" for example in the hands of paedophiles.

Carr said parents need to talk about these issues with children and "overcome our squeamishness or our embarrassment" whilst discussing it "in an age-appropriate way."

"What we’re talking about here is introducing children to the idea to betrayal" which can be difficult even for adults, he added.

Listen to the full interview above