Let’s me be straight up about this: this is a BBC story. We wouldn’t normally take one of our own and develop it into a programme. WHYS is about taking conversations that are already taking place, not about starting them. But this has been in the top 10 most read stories worldwide on bbcnews.com for the past few hours, and we’re also confident it relates to an issue that is already up-and-running in many of your countries.
The story is about how British police believe 1 in 4 teenagers are swapping intimate or sexually explicit photos, called “sexts”, on their mobiles. Some feature themselves, others are pornographic images.
Do you have children, and do they have a mobile phone? Are you concerned that sexual material they may be receiving, sending and even generating is affecting their sexual development?
Or maybe you’re a teenager. Do you think adults need to understand that the way children communicate about sex, attraction and relationships has changed and that new doesn’t mean bad?
And are we wrong to single out children in this discussion? Aren’t we all exposed to far more sexual material than our parents because of the Internet?
And as social media allows us to generate vast amounts of ‘content’ about our lives and interest, where’s the surprise that we should want to the same about the sexual side of our life?