The latest information in and around online sexual content and our programme for helping children and young adults to understand and make sense of it.
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Over the past year we have developed a seven-part program designed to help children and young adults aged 11-14 to understand and make sense of the sexual content they see online; everything from music videos to pornography. It is the first course of its type and we believe fills a significant gap in our children's education in the modern internet era.
The internet era has brought many wonderful opportunities to our children but it has also led to an explosion in sexual content online, much of it readily available thanks to the widespread use of smartphones.
Teachers, parents and children themselves are concerned about how young people are able to make sense of this material, which ranges from sexually charged music videos to sexting between peers to commercial pornography. In response, we have designed the world’s first program to help children aged 11-14 understand, discuss and navigate this new world.
The course covers everything from understanding body image, to recognizing what is safe, to taking control of their own lives online. It is a foundation on which we hope children will be able to build on as they grow and mature.
Unfortunately, as with many things in life, we are not able to shield our children from the adult world around them. However this program, we believe, will help them make sense of what they see and give them tools to navigate the online world. For more information, visit our main program page.