Pornography Education Workshop
We all understand that, sooner or later, our children will be exposed to pornography. However, the attitude towards pornography education in schools and young people’s institutions is varied with some parents and teachers naturally wanting to preserve children’s innocence for as long as possible and others preferring to provide accurate pornography education as early as possible – even within primary schools – as a protective measure.
When is the Right Time for Pornography Education?
There is no simple answer to this question as a young person’s first exposure to pornography will happen at different times depending on a host of factors such as individual personality, family environment, wider social circle, peer influence, access to adult content and cultural and religious context. What is more certain is that only structured and sensitive pornography education in a safe environment can maximise the chances of driving home the crucial messages around the exploitative nature of pornography and its links with sexual abuse, sexual bullying, domestic violence and even criminal behaviour.
A mixture of natural curiosity, physical development, cultural influence, the internet and peer pressure mean that children today tend to become interested in sexuality much earlier than in past generations. The lines between healthy sexuality and pornography can become blurred if children rely on informal sources of pornography education – particularly from those who may be looking to exploit their innocence.
Although sexual education is mandatory in Local Authority run secondary schools, teachers are not compelled to teach about pornography and may feel very uncomfortable if asked to do so. Some academies and free schools may not even teach sexual education. 2020 Dreams Pornography Workshops offer a way to safely raise awareness in young people – even those of primary school age – without overly involving teachers or teaching support staff.
Pornography Education in the News
As recently as February 2017, the BBC published a Plan International UK report highlighting that most people believe that children ‘should be taught about pornography’ in schools. In fact, this report found that three quarters of the public backed compulsory pornography education with only 7 per cent opposing it. The same study revealed that 71 per cent of people believed that children should be taught about ‘sexting,’ the sending of sexually explicit text messages and images via mobile devices.
The issue of sexual consent received even more public backing with 86 per cent of those surveyed in favour of education in this area.
Help Protect Children with a 2020 Dreams Pornography Education Workshop
A 2020 Dreams Pornography Workshop will be sensitively designed and delivered to raise awareness of the existence of pornography and its dangers.
The materials and language used will be age-appropriate and non-explicit to ensure students are able to engage with the themes and principles connected with pornography without being upset or shocked in any way.
All of our workshop facilitators are experienced and skilled at engaging with young people at an appropriate level and all have undergone a recent enhanced DBS check. Our priority is the comfort and safety of all young people attending a session and all workshops are fully risk-assessed.
As well as educating children within schools, 2020 Dreams can customise a Pornography Workshop aimed at young people within institutions such as Young Offenders’ Institutions and Pupil Referral Units. Some of these young people will of course have personal experience of pornography and sexual exploitation and the workshops will be sensitively designed to take account of this.
To find out more about 2020 Dreams Pornography Workshops for schools and young people’s institutions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call our friendly team on 0800 471 4983.
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