How to spot a groomer:Darlington teenagers taught how to avoid child sexual exploitation

TEENAGERS facing “the seemingly relentless development of new technologies” have been taught about how to spot child sexual exploitation and grooming.

Issues such as consent, how to understand if they are being groomed, and what could happen if intimate pictures were sent online were covered in a youth conference with 13 and 14-year-olds from across Darlington.

The Young Persons Conference was developed by Darlington Safeguarding Children Board and was held at Darlington College, working with pupils and teachers, to complement what was being taught in school.

The event covered three workshops covering teenagers and their digital footprint – the trail that people leave online – how child sexual exploitation is manifested, and emotional wellbeing. The pupils were then challenged to create a display for their schools highlighting the most important messages from the conference.

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