TEENAGERS have created a short film outlining the dangers of 'sexting' which will be used to educate fellow youngsters on the pitfalls of the craze.

Pupils at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College in County Durham worked with Changing Relations to create the What Would You Do? video.

The seven minute long film about the perils of sexting features youngsters from the college in a fictional storyline based on sexting - the trend where youngsters, sometimes under pressure, send indecent images of themselves to their boyfriend or girlfriend.

There are concerns that online predators could be stalking teens in the hope that they can persuade them to send them indecent images of themselves.

The film cost some £10,000, given by the 4 Together Area Action Partnership, to make the What Would You Do? feature.

It received its debut at the college last Thursday. (February 26)

Tim Pinkney, deputy head at the school, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic project.

“Sexting is a national problem. It has almost become expected of youngsters and some of them are put under pressure to do it.

“We wanted to make something with the pupils that made the kids aware of the risks associated with this behaviour.

“We wanted the pupils to be educated by their peers as it doesn’t always work when teachers and counsellors speak to youngsters.”

Pupil Georgia Allport, 14, was involved in making the video.

She said: “It was good and I enjoyed making the video as we learnt a lot of new things. A lot of young people do not know that it’s bad to do sexting.”

A resource pack, which should be used alongside the video, has also been created by the Changing Relations team.

Lisa Davis, of Changing Relations, said: “I think it’s important to make youngsters realise that sexting is more important than some think it is.

“The whole project took about a year and it’s been very much about getting students to learn from their peers.”

Youngsters involved in making the film showed it to fellow pupils at the Ferryhill college this week. (Week beginning Sunday, March 1)

The pupils also created a Who Should I Turn To? leaflet to accompany the film listing the details of groups offering support and help in school, Durham and nationally.

Details on accessing the video and the resource pack can be found online at changingrelations.co.uk