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    10 years on: why we still need better sex education for the digital world

10 years on: why we still need better sex education for the digital world

The UK government has recently updated its sex education guidelines. However they still fail to address important digital topics, such as sexting and online sexual harassment, in enough depth. In this post Jessica Ringrose, Amelia Jenkinson and Sophie Whitehead discuss how their policy on Technologically Facilitated Sexual Violence and Digital Defence lessons, aim to help address this gap. Jessica is a Professor […]

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    The need for pornography education in New Zealand’s schools, and beyond

The need for pornography education in New Zealand’s schools, and beyond

Research has shown that many young people have been exposed to pornography, but sex education often either avoids the topic altogether or dismiss it as taboo. A recent study in New Zealand asked teenagers about the role pornography played in their lives, and found that many felt that their educational provision on the topic was lacking. In this post […]

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    Sexual harassment at school: What can young people’s gender-based activism tell us?

Sexual harassment at school: What can young people’s gender-based activism tell us?

In the era of #MeToo it is important to connect how a mass feminist movement is generating change and affecting young people. In this post, Jessica Ringrose and Hannah Retallack discuss how important it is for researchers, policy makers and pressure groups alike to take stock and evaluate what schools, teachers and students are already doing to challenge sexism and gendered and sexual violence. Jessica is a Professor of […]

No, the internet is not actually stealing kids’ innocence

Is media use harmful to kids?  Sonia Livingstone reflects on ‘media panic’ that attributes issues such sexual assault to children using the internet, outlining problems with existing evidence and suggestions for future approaches. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of experience in media research with a particular focus on children and […]

Talking to children about pornography: Five insights

Jessica Zurcher had an experience that led her to conduct 33 qualitative interviews regarding parent–child pornography communication. This post draws on those interviews to offer five suggestions for talking with children about pornography, advocating for an approach with open communication and discussion. Jessica is an assistant professor in the School of Communications, Brigham Young University, USA. She researches new […]

Friends Like Me: The screen lives of children and teens

How do children encounter sexually explicit content online? In this post, Manuela Maiguashca discusses her findings through video interviews with young people. Manuela produces and directs documentary media projects that deal with taboo experiences, stigmatised communities and human rights issues. She runs media workshops as well as her own media workshop programme, Film Crew Club. In this blog she highlights the benefits of […]

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    When is sexual content online more a right than a risk? And how can parents figure this out?

When is sexual content online more a right than a risk? And how can parents figure this out?

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Sonia Livingstone shares the core findings and recommendations from her new report on young people’s sexual rights and risks online. She argues that we can no longer plead embarrassment or worries about pornography as the reasons why we as a society fail to educate, support and provide young people with the sexual information they have a […]