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TaLKING ABOUT Pornography

The Internet and more recently portable electronic devices, has transformed the way pornography is accessed and how pornography accesses children and young people. Whilst pornography is not new, the nature and accessibility of pornography had changed considerably. The way we approach this topic, therefore, needs to be different. In the absence of adequate education in the home, school and wider community, pornography is the primary and in many cases the only education children and young people receive about relationships and sexuality.

 

eSafeKids provides Reducing The Harm: Talking About Pornography workshops throughout metropolitan and regional Australia and internationally. These workshops can be delivered face-to-face at your location or online as a webinar.  All workshops are delivered by eSafeKids Founder, Kayelene Kerr.

 

Parent / Carer - Primary School

Talking About Children and Pornography: From Scared To Prepared

 

The Internet and portable electronic devices has transformed the way pornography is accessed and how pornography accesses children. Children are growing up in a world where it’s impossible to avoid sexualised media and pornography. Whilst pornography is not new, the nature and accessibility of pornography has changed considerably. Children with access to the Internet on any device - at home, at a friend’s place, at school or in any of our community spaces are at risk of exposure. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ a child will see pornography but ‘when’ and the when is getting younger and younger. In Australia, the age of first exposure is being reported as between 8 and 10 years of age. 


It's never too early to begin proactive and protective conversation and education. This parent/carer workshop has been developed to support parents/carers talk, in age and developmentally appropriate ways, with their child about pornography (private photos and videos). You will leave this workshop with research and evidence-based up-to-date information, conversation starters, practical strategies and resource recommendations. 

 

Topics Covered

 

  • Overview of pornography and sexualised media in the digital age 

  • Children's access and exposure to pornography in the digital age

  • The effect of pornography on the developing body, brain and behaviour

  • Pornography's influence on developing attitudes, expectations and behaviours

  • Strategies and language to use when talking with a primary school aged child

  • Creating a safe and supportive space for conversation and education

  • Specific education and conversation to support children

  • What to do if your child is exposed to pornography

  • Resource recommendations

 

                     

 

Parent / Carer - Secondary School

Talking About Young People and Pornography

Whilst pornography is not new, the nature and accessibility of pornography has changed considerably. A significant portion of pornography that young people view, accidentally or intentionally, contains violent themes and behaviours. Research has found high levels of aggression in the most popular pornography videos. Studies also suggest frequent viewing of pornography may; reinforce harmful gender stereotypes, contribute to young people forming unhealthy and sexist views of women and sex, contribute to condoning violence against women, sexually coercive behaviours by young men, normalisation of violence and potentially drive sexual violence. There may also be broader social impacts in relation to body image, mental health, reduced academic performance and erectile dysfunction. 

 

You will leave this workshop with research and evidence-based up-to-date information, conversation starters, practical strategies and resource recommendations. 

Topics Covered

 

  • Overview of pornography and sexualised media in the digital age 

  • Young people's access and exposure to pornography in the digital age

  • The effect of pornography on the developing body, brain and behaviour

  • Pornography's link to sexual aggression and violence, sexism and objectification, risky sexual behaviours and poor mental health and wellbeing

  • Critical media literacy

  • Strategies and language to use when talking with young people

  • Creating a safe and supportive space for conversation and education

  • Specific education and conversation to support young people

  • Resource recommendations

 
 

Workshop Duration 2 / 2.5 hours

Workshop Duration 2 / 2.5 hours

Parent/Carer

1 in 4 young people first saw porn before the age of 12.

72% saw something that made the feel uncomfortabe.

71% of children/young people were not seeking out pornography when they first saw it. 

69% saw violence and aggression. 

72% saw something non-consensual.

89% thought porn should not be seen by children. 

It's not a matter of 'if' children will see pornography but 'when', and the when is getting younger. 

Professional

Professional

Reducing The Harm: Talking About Pornography 

 

This evidence based professional development workshop develops participants’ understanding of the nature of today’s pornography and its influence on children and young people’s developing attitudes, expectations and behaviours. We will explore how pornography is shaping relationships and sexuality and introduce you to resources available to support you to gain confidence in addressing the harms of pornography.

 

You will leave this comprehensive workshop with up-to-date information, conversation starters, practical strategies and resource recommendations.

 

Topics Covered

 

  • Overview of pornography in the digital age 

  • Children and young people’s access to pornography in the digital age

  • The effect of pornography on the developing body, brain and behaviour.

  • Pornography’s influence on developing attitudes, expectations and behaviours.

  • How pornography is shaping relationships and sexuality

  • Child on child sexual abuse and children displaying Harmful Sexual Behaviours

  • Gender based violence

  • Foundational, Integrated and Specific learning approaches to address pornography

  • Critical media literacy 

  • Education to support children

  • Education to support young people

  • School/service provider framework to address pornography

  • Resource recommendations

 

Workshop Duration 4 hours or 1 Day

Student

Student

Talking About Pornography 

 

This comprehensive and inclusive workshop explores and develops students’ understanding of the nature of today’s sexualised media and pornography and its influence on their developing attitudes, expectations and behaviours. We encourage students to think critically about how pornography may influence relationships; sexuality; body image; violence; respectful relationships; consent; harmful sexual behaviours; problematic/compulsive viewing; health, wellbeing and safety.

 

Critical media literacy is woven throughout this session. 

(Suitable for Year 7 - Year 12 students) eSafeKids recommends 90 minutes for this session

 

Workshop Duration 60 / 90 minutes

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