1 in 10 Jersey Schoolchildren Admit Sexting

12th September 2018

Around one in ten secondary school pupils in Jersey has sent someone a sexual photo or video of themselves.

The latest survey of children in Years 8, 10 and 12 reveals 11% have admitted to sexting.

11% of Year 8, 10 and 12 students have admitted sending sexual photos or videos of themselves.

The same percentage said they wouldn’t tell anyone if someone tried to take advantage of them.

3,000 pupils took part in the questionnaire from Years 6, 8, 10 and 12.

The responses don’t paint a picture of mental or physical health.

70% of teenagers in Jersey say they spend at least three hours a day looking at screens.

82% of Year 10 and 12 students use social networking sites every day.

7 in 10 students in Years 10 and 12 admit to 180 minutes or more playing computer games, watching tv or using smart devices.

A growing number of children in Jersey are eating crisps, sweets or chocolate most days compared to 2010.

More said they eat junk regularly than in 2010, three quarters don’t get their five a day, and 80% are not getting the recommended level of exercise.

The proportion of children eating crisps, sweets or chocolate on most days has gone up since 2010.

A third of the older teenagers hadn’t had breakfast that day, and a quarter of all children said they don’t cycle.

Young islanders’ mental health also seems to have room for improvement.

One in five schoolchildren said they had low or medium-low self-esteem.

37% of girls and 24% of boys in Years 10 and 12 reported having high levels of anxiety.

Anxiety amongst young people could also be a cause for concern.

Even at primary school, one in four children in Year 6 said they worried about school tests or exams ‘often’ or on ‘most days’.

This increases to 62% in Year 10 GCSE students.

A quarter of children in Years 6, 8 and 10 said they had been bullied in the last year, but 78% of students believed that their school takes the problem seriously.

You can see more findings from the survey on gov.je.

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