Sexting & Online Privacy Workshop
The advance of technology has happened so quickly that many adults, including teachers, are struggling to keep up. This can be disempowering as adults feel unable to protect their tech-savvy children or students by providing them with the skills they need to protect themselves from cyber bullies, paedophiles and others who would exploit their innocence. Fortunately, 2020 Dreams can help allay those fears with our Sexting and Online Privacy workshops.
Respecting and protecting online privacy for children is a central theme that runs through our activities and discussions because it is only through intercepting and using personal information and images that the bully, blackmailer or child abuser can wield any power.
What is ‘Sexting’?
Sexting is often defined as sending and receiving: naked images or ‘nudes’, ‘underwear pictures’ sexual or ‘short sexual snap shots’ inappropriate messages or explicit videos.
They are normally sent by a friend, boyfriend, girl friend or a person you’ve got met on line. Images sent by mobile phone can easily fall into the wrong hands. These images become part of a young person’s ‘digital footprint’ which can last forever!
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Once the images are in cyberspace they may be impossible to remove or control. This is potentially damaging to the future career prospects or relationships of the young person.
- 15% of 13 to 14 year olds have sent at least one naked picture of themselves to someone else.
- 24% of those who have sent naked photographs have had some shared without their consent.
- 12% of those who had had photographs shared without consent said they attempted suicide.
*Ditch the Label (Wireless Report): Brighton, 2014.
Although our workshop zones in on the way technology interfaces with sexuality, laying the foundations of online privacy for children will also help them to protect themselves from a host of other online risks, from viruses and other malware to fraudsters looking to steal their money or identity.
Sexting: The Dangers of Self-Exposure and Exploitation
Why does this workshops focus specifically on sexuality and online privacy for children? The exchange of sexually explicit text messages (sexting) and images are two of the most risky activities teenagers can participate in, while poor online privacy practices can lead to personal information arriving in the hands of an adult looking to groom a child for sexual purposes.
Young people can still get into trouble online in other ways, but if they can at least learn to keep intimate messages and images well away from cyberspace they will be less likely to damage their lives in serious ways.
Thank you so much for helping us out at such short notice!
H. Chidlow, Thomas Knyvett College, Twickenham, London
The Consent & Contraception workshop went really well
P. Kearney, Harrow School, Boarding, London
The Sex Education Workshop was great
V. Vali, North Bridge House Senior School, Hampstead
Thanks again for the great workshops
T. Mansell, Barnsley College, Barnsley
Thank you for providing the Contraception Workshop
Mr F de Fabiani, Director of Character Education and Well-being, London
It may seem strange to adults that teenagers would want to share their private thoughts and photos over an internet connection, but it must be remembered that they have grown up in the age of social media where sharing is natural and the boundaries between private and public are blurred.
Through 2020 Dreams engaging drama-based role-plays and managed open forum discussions, students can safely experience scenarios that will make them realise what can go wrong if they are careless.
For example, they might explore the consequences of revealing their name, year group and school address to an online boyfriend who turns out to be a middle-aged man, or think about what is likely to happen to the explicit pictures they sent to a boyfriend just before a bitter break-up.
Our Sexuality and Online Privacy workshop also touches on the way cyber bullies can seize upon sexually explicit material as part of a hate campaign (we also offer specific cyber bullying workshops).
Sexuality, Online Privacy for Children and the National Curriculum
Does online privacy for children form an important part of your IT lessons? The National Curriculum states that students must be taught to be, “responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.” A 2020 Dreams Sexuality and Online Privacy workshop can help connect the technical and creative skills learned in IT with the concept of personal and social responsibility taught through PSHE and Citizenship classes.
Flexible Workshops for your Circumstances
We are used to providing fun and effective workshops throughout the UK, so we know that what works in one school or institution may not be suitable in another. Our skilled and experienced facilitators will be happy to adapt our Sexuality and Online Privacy workshops to fit in with your requirements.
Our comprehensive Staying Safe Online workshop also provides information on online privacy for children.