Sexting – The Child and Young Person’s module

Sexting - The Child and Young Person’s module

A recent survey found that 3% of children had taken fully naked picture of themselves and that just over one in ten children (boys and girls) had taken topless images of their own bodies. 55% of those who had taken, what have been described as, “sexual images” went on to share those pictures with others. 31% of this number admitted that they had shared that image with somebody they did not know. (Source: NSPCC and the Office of Children’s Commissioner for England). Equally relevant is a quote from a young person which says: “Parents expect you to be involved in sexting even when you are not” (source: UK Council for Child Internet Safety).

How should those tasked with the care of these vulnerable individuals (or groups) deal with such issues? How should the police deal with it? Is there a right or a wrong way to deal? This module will seek to discuss and explain the disinhibited behaviours of some cyber users, and then seek to discuss and explore the latest guidance about dealing with this. Participants will be encouraged to suggest and explore ideas and options for tackling the issue. We will look at the challenges that exist from a legal, moral, and in some cases, an emotional perspective.

Course content:

By the end of this module the attending participants will be able, amongst other learning outcomes:

  • To be aware of and differentiate between the four main child abuse photograph offences within UK legislation.
  • To recognise what “sexting” is and discuss that “sexting” is a criminal offence.
  • To appreciate and discuss the issues and difficulties faced when the victim is the offender.
  • To discuss, compare, and evaluate avenues of intervention that may be available.

Module duration and delivery methodology

This module has been designed with a flexibly built into it that will enable the trainer to deliver it at an age- and understanding-appropriate level depending on the needs of the intended audience. It can be delivered to school or youth groups as a stand-alone module of two hours duration or as a complementary session to a wider curriculum of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) work.

Who should attend?

Children and young people of any age. Age specific groups can and will be catered for with the delivery of understanding-appropriate and tailored learning material.

NOTE: A second, complementary module on this topic exists designed for professionals and primary carers.

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