Take the case of Philip Alpert who had nude photos of his 16-year-old girlfriend (a minor is a person under the age of 18).One night, because of the demise of their relationship he decided to send the photos to friends and relatives.

She had been speaking to these people and they started sending her inappropriate images and asked her to send them things." Remind your child they can contact Childline at any time if they want to talk to someone about how they’re feeling, our trained counsellors can give free non-judgmental advice and support.

If your child agrees, you should inform their school.

If your child has been sending explicit images or videos of themselves, you may feel shocked, upset, angry, confused or disappointed.

They’re also likely to feel anxious about talking to you.

Some people may think that images and videos only last a few seconds on social media and then they're deleted, but they can still be saved or copied by others.

This means that photos or videos which a young person may have shared privately could still be end up being shared between adults they don't know.

Sexting has gone mainstream, and most tweens and teens know what it is and many are using their cell phones and computers to send and receive inappropriate photos.

If your child has a cell phone, or smart phone you need to learn more about this now.

Where possible, give yourself time to process the information and remember they’ll be watching your reactions.

The most important way to keep your child safe is to discuss the dangers of sexting and to be supportive if problems do occur.

The UK Safer Internet Centre gives advice and resources for parents and professionals on online safety.