One trend that the Estevan Police Service is trying to stop is teenagers sending intimate photos of themselves to another, only to find them shared all throughout the internet. 

"As part of our school education program," explained Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur, "we do deliver presentations in the schools on sexting and the dangers of sexting. That is something that is going to continue into 2018. We often partner with other police agencies such as Weyburn or the RCMP when we do some of those presentations."

"There are so many dangers when it comes to sexting. It could be a case where a boy and girl are dating in high school and one sends a picture to another and a picture goes over and those individuals decide to part ways and one is upset and the next thing you know, it's on social media."

"The other trend that we've seen in the past is when someone gets someone to send them a picture and now that individual commits what is now commonly known as 'sextortion.'"

"The other thing is that once that picture is out there, it's impossible to bring it back. It could be ten years down the road and if you're in a public profession or a public position, and those photos start to air, how damaging is that?" 

"We caution kids, of the dangers of sending those pictures out and sending them to other individuals."

Ladouceur adds that some believe that Snapchat is a safer way to send photos as the picture disappears after a few seconds. 

"People are taking pictures of the picture before it's gone. Just because it's on Snapchat, doesn't mean it's safe. Those are some of the lessons we push in the schools. We're seeing it, it's certainly an issue in the schools."

Ladouceur also added that sending these types of photos can result in criminal charges. 

"If you are sending those pictures, you can be charged with criminal offences and I think that's the other part kids need to know. You're now bordering on criminal activity where you could face serious consequences."

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