Sexting and related harassment is becoming increasingly prevalent in schools, say senior police officers.

According to The Guardian, the claim is substantiated by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), which says that the demand for Childline counselling sessions for sexting has seen a 15 per cent rise on the previous year.

In the NSPCC’s report to a Commons select committee, the charity warned that young people are increasingly being sent or are receiving sexual images via mobile phones or online messaging services – and this is escalating into physical harassment in some cases.

The report calls for a “whole school approach” to educate students and help prevent abuse.

Monitoring technologies can help alert schools to these kinds of issues. NetSupport DNA’s Safeguarding module is particularly helpful in providing not only a means for staff to safeguard their students, but also allows students to report any concerns they have about themselves or their friends in confidence.