A concerned mother raised a serious alarm after she discovered sexual conversations between her 10-year-old daughter and a classmate.
The woman, found the messages on her little girl’s phone after she told her about a 10-year-old boy in her class demanding explicit photographs and asking to get ‘more sexual’.
After her daughter ran to her in tears to explain the situation, the mum who cannot be named for legal reasons said her girl’s phone rang and on the other end of the line was the boy.
She said: ‘He was calling her a ‘s**g’ and put the phone down, he didn’t realise it was me.’
After searching through her daughter’s phone, the mum soon realised the children had been ‘sexting’ via Instagram, using the direct-messaging feature. She said: ‘Some of the stuff he was saying wasn’t anything you’d expect a 10-year-old to know.
‘I knew about him but thought it was general chit-chat. She would say he was her boyfriend and stuff like that but never thought it was anything more.’
In the messages, the young boy sends an explicit image to the girl and goes on to ask her for one in return.
The girl, who usually only uses her phone to keep in contact with friends and family and play games, wrote back: ‘I can’t I’m in bed I show tomorrow.’
He replied: ‘No now otherwise I will dump you just turn your phone light on.
The little girl then sent the indecent image.
Although using adult talk, both refer to their age during the conversation, with the girl saying at one point: ‘When we get older then yes but since we’re only kids I’m not quite sure.’
The girl’s mother said:
‘She didn’t really know much better. It’s like she just wanted to please and not offend him or be nasty. She’s embarrassed and worried her friends might have found out.’
She said as a result of the messages, she has had to sit her little girl down and have a more mature conversation with her about sex and adult behaviour.
She said: ‘I understand they get sex education taught in schools but she only knows about the basics, nothing like this so we have had to have a sit down to explain things to her.
‘Everyone needs to be aware that this happens. It’s awful and scary and you wouldn’t expect it.’
According to UK Metro, the girl is yet to return to primary school following the events of last week, but her mother, who has been ‘disgusted’ by the discovery, is worried about it happening again.
She said: ‘When they get to this age, they go on residential trips and I’m very worried. I’ve spoken with her police but haven’t had any contact with the other parents.’
Detective Inspector Craig Nicholson, of Humberside Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Children Unit, said they have spoken to the families involved in the case.
He said: ‘We follow national advice which promotes guidance on a common sense police approach to investigating sexting among under 18s.