A mum who stumbled on texts from her daughter’s 10-year-old classmate, was scathed when she saw he asked her child to send naked photos.
The texts the mother read revealed that the children had been sexting via Instagram direct message.
The little girl ran to her mum for support, after the boy demanded for explicit photographs and asked to get “more sexual”. It was gathered that while the girl recounted what’s been happening, her phone rang at that same time and it was the boy calling.
“He was calling her a ‘s**g’ and put the phone down, he didn’t realise it was me.
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” she said.
The young boy who sent a sexually explicit to the girl who only uses her phone to keep in contact with friends and family and playing games, asked for one in return from his classmate.
She wrote: “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 succumbed and sent the indecent image. During their chats, they both conversed like adults and used adult language.
At one point, the girl replied to one of his requests with, “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.”
Though Detective Inspector Craig Nicholson, of Humberside Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Children Unit, said they have spoken to the families involved in the case, however the girl’s mum 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.
“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.
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.”