Unrealistic Relationship Ideas
14 May 2014, 07:18
Capital's been told there's been a rise in teenage boys sexting and abusing their girlfriends online in the East Midlands.
At a conference in Nottinghamshire, capitalfm.com was also told that too many teenage boys are basing their idea of a relationship on what they see in pornography and music videos.
Nottinghamshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner says more work needs to be done to support young people from an early age.
Val Lun from Women's Aid in Nottinghamshire doesn't think the sexualisation of girls in the media helps:
'The level of pornography being accessed by teenage boys really distorts their views of what a relationship should look like.
'There's a very high level of sexualisation of girls, generally. What we're coming across is a high level of sexting, so the use of social media to abuse teenage girls.'
Online Domestic Abuse Prosecutions
Teenagers who make threats against their boyfriend or girlfriend on social media could end up being charged with domestic violence in the future.
The Crown Prosecution Service has put out some guidance which'll be used if a change in the law goes ahead.
If it happens it could also see people who verbally abuse the elderly being charged with the same crime.