Parents could be prosecuted if their children engage in sending indecent images over mobile phones, a police force has said.
Kent Police says it is a crime for a child to take or share an explicit image or video of themselves or anyone else under 18 – a practice known as sexting if it is done on a mobile phone.
The force says parents could be liable if their name is on the contract for the phone.
Detective Superintendent Susie Harper said: “If a child’s mobile phone contract is in his or her parent’s name, then the parent can be liable for what the phone is used for, and any indecent material that is saved or sent from it.
“That could mean police turning up at the family home with a search warrant, property being seized, potential arrests and innocent people being suspected of serious offences.”
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