6: Protecting your image


This lesson is focused on getting learners to understand the risks associated with taking and sharing “sexy” pictures of themselves and their friends.

Sexting has become a significant problem – and not one that is going to disappear anytime soon thanks to the ease and prevalence of phone and social networks.

As with the rest of the course, we take the approach of helping learners think through the implications of what they and their friends may do by offering scenarios and encouraging thought and discussion.

SKU: part-six Categories: , ,


Protecting your image

Included in this lesson:

  • Teacher’s notes (12pgs)
  • Powerpoint presentation (16pgs)
  • Worksheet (2pgs)

Examples of presentation slides in Part 6

Approx. 45 minutes



resourcesPresentation, teachers notes, worksheet, whiteboard & internet access



Overview: Learners consider how they portray themselves online and specifically the type of content that they may be sharing. They are given a series of scenarios and asked to think about the impact. They then role-play an adult and consider the implications. Many young people share images of themselves that are inappropriate and may be sexually explicit.

Sexting has occasionally been characterised as the new flirting. In 2013, Childline saw an increase of nearly 28 per cent of young people calling about sexting; almost one per day. There are gender differences: girls are typically asked to produce and send images; boys sometimes collect and swap images like ‘football cards.’ There are other risks too, paedophiles are known to use the images and they can end up on public websites, causing severe embarrassment.



  • Increase understanding of the type of content that they share and with whom
  • Consider how images that may be relatively innocent can become viewed as sexual content
  • Increase awareness of the content they share and how it may be viewed by others



  • Increased understanding of the types of images that should and should not be shared and their implications
  • Understand the role of others and how their images may be shared


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