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Teen girls bullied over nude pics

Pictures of 14-year-old Hamar girls posing naked or topless have begun circulating on the internet after the school-goers sent the compromising images to local boys, sparking concern among residents in the eastern Norwegian town.

Fifteen-year-old Anna Gjerdingen Jensen, head of the student council at the Ajer secondary school, raised the alarm after a number of girls began being bullied and vilified by their peers, newspaper Hamar Arbeiderblad reports.

“Here and now, I could get pictures of more than ten girls just by sending a few text messages,” Jensen told the newspaper.

Already, many of the girls are being subjected to derogatory comments after the pictures began appearing on social media websites.

“What I’m most concerned about is these girls’ futures. It can’t be especially good to apply for a job and be Googled by an employer who finds naked pictures on the web,” said Jensen.

As many of 30 girls in the town of some 30,000 inhabitants are believed to have sent pictures of themselves in various stages of undress to unscrupulous boys who have forwarded the pictures to friends or uploaded them to the internet after receiving them on their phones.

The origins of the trend are uncertain, and so far it appears to be restricted to girls in the ninth grade, who are generally 14 years old.  

Police and healthcare workers have struggled to get to grips with the problem since Jensen alerted school authorities just before Christmas.

Parents of pupils at the Ajer school are to be called to an information meeting later in February. The meeting will also be attended by  law enforcement and healthcare officials. Similar gatherings are set to take place at other schools in the town.

"We're going to run a programme at all lower secondary schools in the area, with a focus on netiquette and targeting concerns over girls sending pictures of themselves," police spokesman Knut Erik Amundsen told newspaper Dagbladet.

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Wanted: Norwegians willing to have sex on TV

National broadcaster NRK’s P3 channel will be debuting a show in November aimed at giving teenagers a healthier relationship with their own bodies and sexual desires.

Wanted: Norwegians willing to have sex on TV
The programme aims to give teenage girls more realistic expectations when it comes to sex and their own bodies. Photo: OneInchPunch/Depositph
The programme, ‘Line fikser kroppen’ (Line fixes her body), will feature host Line Elvsåshagen taking on issues like body positivity and unrealistic expectations for sex. 
 
Elvsåshagen recently starred in the reality TV show ‘Line dater Norge’ (Line dates Norway), in which she travelled across the country in search of the perfect man, with help from her 130,000-plus followers on Instagram
 
P3’s editorial director said the new Elvsåshagen programme will offer a counter narrative to the way sex and the female body are portrayed in porn. 
 
“Just showing surgically-enhanced bodies and overly-choreagrophed sex creates false hopes and misperceptions. We hope that by showing sex in its entirety, rather than just merely as penetration, we can provide the target group with the right approach,” Håkon Moslet. 
 
This will be done in part by showing regular people having actual sex. 
 
As part of P3’s attempt to reach its target group of 17-year-old girls, the channel has been searching for couples who are willing to engage in intimate acts in front of the rolling cameras. 
 
“The idea is not to show sexual organs in action but rather to move away from a glorified image and show that sex is a nice and intimate situation that can often be a bit clumsy without being dangerous,” Elvsåshagen said. 
 
P3 has been reaching out to blogs and hanging posters throughout the country in an effort to recruit couples willing to have sex for the show. Moslet said that there have already been a number of couples expressing their willingness to participate. 
 
Norwegian television has a history of approaching sex in a straightforward manner that would be unthinkable in other parts of the world. The children’s science programme ‘Newton’ received international attention in 2015 after Facebook censored a clip showing presenter Line Jansrud drawing female sexual organs on the naked body of her assistant. 
 
Other episodes of the popular programme’s series on puberty featured Jansrud demonstrating how to use half a tomato to practice kissing and using rubber models to show how masturbation and penetrative sex work. 
 
Even the wildly popular Norwegian TV series Skam faced initial resistance from foreign buyers who were put off by the show’s frank approach to sex and excessive drinking.