'Hundreds of primary school children are being investigated by police for swapping naked selfies, figures reveal today.
They are using smartphones, social networks and video games consoles to share explicit photos with classmates and strangers they meet online.
Almost 200 children under 12 have been branded ‘suspects’ by police in the past three years, according to figures obtained by the Daily Mail.
Police are now questioning whether all these children should remain on their databases or if officers should be investigating in the first place.
At least 5,000 children under 18 were quizzed by police for sending or receiving nude images between April 2014 and April 2017, the figures show.
Taking, sending or possessing naked pictures of a child is a criminal offence, even if the child took the photo.
It means police are required by law to treat these youngsters as suspects, which risks criminalising a generation of pupils.
The name of every child caught swapping naked selfies is placed on a police database alongside the ‘crime’ they are alleged to have committed – potentially ruining their chances of employment as adults when they apply for certain jobs involving children.'
Read more: Fears a generation is being criminalised as police investigate 200 primary pupils over nude selfies
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