1: Introduction


This is the introductory lesson for the course and focuses on the question of what sexual content actually is, as well as the difference between sexual content (aimed at adults) and sexualised content – images that are inappropriately and/or overly sexual.

In early focus groups with children aged 11-16, we were struck by how broadly they defined sexual content. As a result, we designed the course to encompass that full range and concentrated on providing learners with the skills they need to understand and make sense of this broad range of material.

In particular, this introductory lesson starts by encouraging students to think critically about what they see.

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Included in this lesson:

  • Teacher’s notes (16pgs)
  • Powerpoint presentation (9pgs)

Examples of presentation slides in Part 1

Approx. 45 minutes



resourcesWhiteboard, Post-it notes, internet connection (access to Twitter), washing line.



Overview: This is the first in a series of activities to help children understand, discuss and navigate complex issues that result from the proliferation of sexual imagery in the media and on the Internet.

This is Part 1, the introductory activity. In it, we explore what online sexual content is and how it may affect children’s views of themselves and the relationships they have.

It introduces the concept of sexualized content (images that are inappropriately and/or overly sexual) versus sexual content (images targeted at adults), and encourages reflection on what that means.

During focus groups with children aged 11-16, they defined sexual content online in a broad way, including: user generated content e.g. sexting; celebrity nudes; documentaries that contain sexually explicit material; plastic surgery pictures; sexually explicit language; commercial pornography; sexualised games characters; and photoshopped pictures.

As a result we have adopted a broad definition of “online sexual content” for this programme and will encourage children to consider the difference between sexual content and sexualised content.



  • Consider what sexual content is
  • Enable learners to understand how prevalent it is on the internet
  • Consider the differences between sexual and sexualised content
  • Define sexual content online



  • Evaluate how sexual content is used within different types of media
  • Approach a definition for the term ‘online sexual content’


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