Young people are being warned about the consequences of 'sexting' in a short film starring local teenagers.
This issue of sexting can have a significant impact on young victims and young people who share images without understanding the consequences or understanding that it is a criminal offence to share the images.
Having discussed this sensitive issue, West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership (WLCSP) commissioned the Artz Centre, Skelmersdale, to produce an educational film aimed at young people.
The end result is 'Captured' and the film was officially launched at the Artz Centre where the audience was very impressed with what they saw.
'Captured' will now tour high schools with the aim of dissuading young people from becoming involved in sexting and the improper use of social media.
WLCSP has worked with the Artz Centre before to produce a film called 'Crossing the Line' highlighting the dangers of getting involved in gangs. 'Crossing The Line' has been shown to thousands of pupils in schools across West Lancashire, with plans in place to deliver the resource into schools across Lancashire.
Heidi McDougall, Chair of West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership, said: "The Artz Centre has once again scripted and produced a brilliant educational drama, with a cast of talented young people. 'Captured' will encourage young people to make more informed decisions when using social media, sharing images and in understanding the importance of healthy relationships."
"WLCSP is very grateful to Mark Ashton and his talented team at The Artz Centre and we are also grateful for the support from the Police and Crime Commissioner and his team in supporting the development of the film, which will be made available to every CSP in Lancashire."
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "I was really pleased to provide funding through the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership towards the development of 'Captured' and the hard work from everyone involved in the project will play a vital role in highlighting the issue of sexting and the consequences of sharing images. One of the key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan is supporting vulnerable people and this film will play a key role in raising awareness of this important issue."