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ChildLine launches anti-sexting app for teens

24 October 2013

Our friends at ChildLine have launched a great new app to help young people to defuse the pressure they feel from peers to share sexual images of themselves. The app, called Zipit, provides teenagers with a set of images that can be used as witty comebacks, to help them get flirty chat back on the right track.

The app also highlights to young people how they should respond if a sexual image of them becomes public or if they feel threatened, as well as providing tips on how they can chat online with their peers safely.

Zipit is available on Apple, Blackberry and Android phones and devices. The images and advice will also be available on ChildLine’s Facebook page. For further information please visit


The launch of the app follows on from the recent announcement of results from a NSPCC/ChildLine survey about sexting that was conducted with 450 13-18 year olds. The survey showed that 60% of these young people had been asked for a sexual image. A quarter of those surveyed had created an image and sent it on to someone else, with a third of these young people sending it on to someone that they had only met online and 15% sending the image on to a total stranger.

The survey also highlighted young people’s fear and reluctance of turning to adults if a sexual image of them has been shared.

Alongside the publication of these results, ChildLine announced that it would be working in partnership with the IWF to remove sexually explicit images of young people that they are made aware of through its online and telephone counselling services. The process is outlined in the infographic below.

Childline and IWF

If a child is being threatened, blackmailed or contacted by adults due to a sexually explicit image or video of themselves this should be reported to local police or to CEOP.

Children and young people can also contact ChildLine 24 hours a day if they are worried about an image they have shared or are affected by sexting on 0800 11 11 or at

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