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Sex ed in the news 

Round-up from 2/1 to 21/1/18

Categories covered:

 

FEMINISM 

MASCULINITY

DIVERSITY – RACE & LGBT
SEXUAL HARASSMENT / ASSAULT
BODY IMAGE / BODIES
PORN / SEXTING
CONSENT / PLEASURE / TALKING ABOUT SEX
TEENAGERS/CHILDREN & MENTAL HEALTH
TECHNOLOGY & KIDS
RSE (RELATIONSHIPS AND SEX EDUCATION) AND SEX ED

 

 

FEMINISM

 

Calm Down Dear 2018 – a three-week festival of innovative feminist performance at Camden People’s Theatre from 15 January – 4 February Double bill ticket offer: two different shows on the same night for £16

https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/wp_theatre_season/calm-dear-2018/ 

INCLUDES: • So Many Reasons – show about the influence our mothers have on how we understand the world, from the perspective of a first-generation British Ghanaian woman. Exploring cultural and generational shifts, religion and sexuality – phenomenal, bold performance by Racheal Ofori. 12 shows in January/February. Tickets £12
https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/so-many-reasons/
AND: • Your body is yours – blog post by Racheal Ofori on her show So Many Reasons
http://www.run-riot.com/articles/blogs/your-body-yours-racheal-ofori-so-many-reasons-camden-peoples-theatre 
AND: • Sexy – uses truthful wit and clever verse to explore our conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness, exploring our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress. Presented by Vanessa Kisuule. Four shows in January/February. Tickets £12
https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/sexy-2/

 

Women’s March On London – the year anniversary of last year's worldwide event – held on 21 January from 11am to 1pm at Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street 

https://www.womensmarchlondon.com/

AND: • Why London's Time’s Up Rally needs your support

http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/womens-march-london

AND: • Time’s Up Rally – Women’s March London https://www.facebook.com/events/685982471609772/

 

The psychology professor who came forward with her Harvey Weinstein story – Tomi-Ann Roberts researched the sexual objectification of women and girls
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/7xekpe/the-psychology-professor-who-came-forward-with-her-harvey-weinstein-story

Children feel they are treated differently because of their gender, finds survey
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/gender-difference-children-education-teachers-parents-family-survey-a8164321.html

 

Why gender stereotypes in kids’ shows are a really big deal

http://www.refinery29.uk/kids-shows-gender-roles-stereotypes?

 

 

MASCULINITY

 

Don’t blame mental illness for mass shootings; blame men 

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/01/17/gun-violence-masculinity-216321

 

Ask a Feminist: Michael Kimmel and Lisa Wade discuss toxic masculinity – 1-hour talk about “good man” vs “real man” vs good person, degendering traits, activism, violence etc (American but relevant)
http://signsjournal.org/podcast/ask-a-feminist-michael-kimmel-and-lisa-wade-discuss-toxic-masculinity/

 

Why gender equality is good for everyone — men included – 15-minute video of Michael Kimmel at TEDWomen 2015
https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_kimmel_why_gender_equality_is_good_for_everyone_men_included

 

The Duke of Cambridge supports CALM's #BestManProject | Heads Together – 5-minute video of men talking about friendship, depression, vulnerability etc including Rio Ferdinand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-5PlJO3t4o&feature=youtu.be

 

Masculinity: phone-in – Woman’s Hour on 3/1/18 (41 minutes)

Are our ideas of masculinity changing – and what are the consequences for us all? Has it ever been a more confusing time to be a man? We talk to listeners about what expectations they have of what it means to be a man. What is a man’s role in the family and in society? Are “manly men” being unfairly judged and looked down on? Is it harder or easier to “be a man” when roles are less constrained? What’s it like growing up as a young man now and what’s it like bringing up boys?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09k0ng3 

 

 

DIVERSITY – RACE & LGBT

 

G-Eazy ends H&M partnership over “disturbing”, “racially insensitive” ad

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/g-eazy-ends-hm-partnership-over-racially-insensitive-ad-w515276

 

Emma Watson’s willingness to face the truth about race is refreshing

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/10/emma-watson-truth-race-white

AND: • People called Emma a “white feminist”. Now, she admits, they weren’t wrong

http://www.upworthy.com/people-called-emma-watson-a-white-feminist-now-she-admits-they-weren-t-wrong?

 

Munroe Bergdorf: If I can get through 2017, I can do anything
https://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewchampion/munroe-bergdorf-if-i-can-get-through-2017-i-can-do-anything?utm_term=.naZoDx9Nq#.ca7Op9MaA

 

Ava DuVernay on what gives her hope
http://time.com/5087372/ava-duvernay-on-what-gives-her-hope

 

Backtalk: Is it really Time’s Up in Hollywood? – podcast from Bitch Media with interesting race/diversity discussion around Golden Globes, Time’s Up, Oprah 2020 (start at around minute 23.25)

https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/backtalk-it-really-times-hollywood

 

Sex education is failing to teach teenage girls about safe lesbian sex

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/12/sex-education-failing-teach-teenage-girls-safe-lesbian-sex-7224077/

 

In this comic, Batwoman is a baseball-playing lesbian superhero fighting fascism in the 1930s

http://bust.com/books/194034-bombshells-united-war-bonds.html

 

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT / ASSAULT

 

Women urged to share sexual harassment experiences – Women and Equalities committee investigation via #StreetHarassment on Twitter until 5 March

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42684820

AND: • The Women and Equalities Committee have launched a new inquiry into sexual harassment of women and girls in public places – committee chair Maria Miller MP on Woman’s Hour on 16/1/18, from minute 30.35 to 34.30

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lw33j

AND: • MPs launch inquiry to consider tougher laws on sexual harassment

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/15/mps-launch-inquiry-to-consider-tougher-laws-on-sexual-harassment

 

Time’s Up campaign – The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It's time to do something about it

https://www.timesupnow.com/

AND: • Time’s Up: women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42534124

AND: • No more silence, no more excuses – “Time’s Up,” say the women of Hollywood
https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2018/1/women-in-hollywood-say-times-up-on-sexual-harassment

 

“Here are the all-male nominees” – Natalie Portman slays the system
https://www.the-pool.com/people/women-we-love/2018/2/Rachael-Sigee-on-Golden-Globes-Natalie-Portman-Greta-Gerwig-best-director

 

The unsettling spectacle of addressing abuse at Hollywood's “party of the year”
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/8xvv3a/golden-globes-timesup-red-carpet

 

Catherine Deneuve defends men’s “right to hit on” women

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42630108

AND: • Full translation of French anti-#MeToo manifesto signed by Catherine Deneuve

https://www.worldcrunch.com/opinion-analysis/full-translation-of-french-anti-metoo-manifesto-signed-by-catherine-deneuve
AND: • Cartoonists respond to the French open letter critical of the #MeToo movement
https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-01-11/cartoonists-respond-french-open-letter-critical-metoo-movement
AND: • Thanks, Catherine Deneuve, for being brave enough to address the human rights issue of our time: men’s right to hit on women
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/catherine-deneuve-metoo-french-women-men-seduction-le-monde-sexual-harassment-assault-a8151621.html
AND: • Why did Catherine Deneuve and other prominent Frenchwomen denounce #MeToo?
https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/why-did-catherine-deneuve-and-other-prominent-frenchwomen-denounce-metoo
AND: • Women strike back at Catherine Deneuve for slamming #MeToo movement

http://www.france24.com/en/20180110-women-strike-back-catherine-deneuve-slamming-metoo-movement

AND: • #Metoo or #Moi non plus? How French feminists are divided over Catherine Deneuve’s letter

https://theconversation.com/metoo-or-moi-non-plus-how-french-feminists-are-divided-over-catherine-deneuves-letter-89978
AND: • Catherine Deneuve and others denounce the #MeToo Movement
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/movies/catherine-deneuve-and-others-denounce-the-metoo-movement.html
AND: • Ladies, let’s be reasonable about #MeToo or nothing will ever be sexy again
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2018/01/13/ladies-lets-be-reasonable-about-metoo-or-nothing-will-ever-be-sexy-again
AND: • Who lobotomised French women into a sordid collaboration with male sexual aggressors?
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/who-lobotomised-french-women-into-sordid-collaboration-male-sexual-aggressors-1654989
AND: • After the #MeToo backlash, an insider’s guide to French feminism
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/14/french-feminists-catherine-deneuve-metoo-letter-sexual-harassment

France's fight over sexual freedom
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/me-too-france-le-monde-letter-backlash/550361/
AND: • Mme Deneuve, whatever happened to female solidarity in France?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/12/catherine-deneuve-france-feminism-female-solidarity
AND: • Has #MeToo gone too far, or not far enough? The answer is both
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/13/has-me-too-catherine-deneuve-laura-kipnis
AND: • Catherine Deneuve apologises to sex attack victims after #MeToo controversy
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/15/catherine-deneuve-speaks-out-over-metoo-controversy
AND: • Catherine Deneuve says sorry after defending men's right to “hit on women”
http://www.refinery29.uk/2018/01/187479/catherine-deneuve-me-too-harvey-weinstein

 

Greta Gerwig, Aaron Sorkin: Hollywood must change
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/opinion/greta-gerwig-woody-allen-aaron-sorkin.html

 

Sharon Stone laughs and laughs and laughs when asked if she’s ever experienced harassment

https://jezebel.com/sharon-stone-laughs-and-laughs-and-laughs-when-asked-if-1822113864

 

Letter From the Editor: Stories for survivors of sexual misconduct
https://greatist.com/live/letter-from-the-editor-sexual-misconduct

 

Trauma-informed reader response to the ill-informed article “Publicly We Say #MeToo. Privately We Have Misgivings”

https://medium.com/@hdoughty08/trauma-informed-reader-response-to-the-ill-informed-article-publicly-we-say-metoo-e9a2a7617655

 

I started the Media Men List. My name is Moira Donegan

https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/moira-donegan-i-started-the-media-men-list.html

 

When Middle Schoolers Say #MeToo – American piece
https://viralautobots.biz/when-middle-schoolers-say-metoo/

2017: WTF? – Late Night Woman’s Hour podcast from 201/12/17 – Lauren Laverne and guests share their take on 2017 events from #MeToo to Munroe Bergdorf and Wonder Woman 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05rjtmf

 

Oprah Winfrey Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille award acceptance speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss6qQM054B0

AND: • Here’s the full transcript of Oprah’s inspirational Golden Globes speech
http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a14551183/oprah-winfrey-golden-globes-speech-transcript/

AND: • Oprah Winfrey’s truth is power at the post-Weinstein Golden Globes

https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2018/2/Marisa-Bate-Oprah-Winfrey-Golden-Globes-Speech

Golden Globes 2018: People are wondering why more men weren’t asked about #MeToo and harassment
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/golden-globes-2018-men-asked-metoo

 

Amber Tamblyn: Redefining the red carpet
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/07/opinion/sunday/amber-tamblyn-golden-globes-metoo.html

 

Outrage as ex-porn actress says some women “enjoy rape” during #MeToo discussion
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/outrage-ex-porn-actress-says-some-women-enjoy-rape-during-metoo-discussion-1655055

 

Women should be happy if men try to hit on them, says Silvio Berlusconi
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/12/women-should-happy-men-try-hit-says-silvio-bunga-bunga-berlusconi/

 

 

BODY IMAGE / BODIES

 

Eve Ensler: When a woman gives herself an orgasm, that’s a radical act – 20 years on from The Vagina Monologues
https://www.the-pool.com/health/wombs-etc/2018/3/Eve-Ensler-20-years-of-The-Vagina-Monologues

 

Why these women want to create Pussypedia, a free online guide to all things vagina – from 16/12/17
http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/16/women-want-create-pussypedia-free-online-guide-things-vagina-7164460/
AND: • “Pussypedia” wants to be a complete online guide to vaginas – from 20/12/17
https://www.menshealth.com/sex-women/pussypedia-art-education-vagina-design-project-sexual-health

 

This artist photographed 500 women to expand beauty's “narrow image”

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/mbpkn4/mihaela-noroc-photographed-500-women-atlas-of-beauty

 

Want to be more than OK with your body? Then watch this film

http://www.whimn.com.au/strength/mind/want-to-be-more-than-okay-with-your-body-then-watch-this-film/news-story/d1f8bb6a76c9b8a6a2e8d2daf327ebf7

AND: • My Body Says – the 3-minute video

http://www.whimn.com.au/video/id-5348771529001-5637670473001/my-body-says

AND: • I bared my body issues online and was trolled for it

http://www.whimn.com.au/talk/people/i-bared-my-body-issues-online-and-was-trolled-for-it/news-story/b18c7e8dc33a40c4cdde7013f1ee2ebd

 

Leonard Nimoy’s photographs of fat, naked women changed my life – from 3/3/15 by Lindy West
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/commentisfree/2015/mar/03/leonard-nimoy-full-body-project

 

Here’s what it really looks like to be plus-size and pregnant

http://thestir.cafemom.com/healthy_living/210034/what-plus-size-pregnancy-is 

 

Screw the scale: why I think the term “weight loss” needs to die
https://greatist.com/live/why-weight-loss-sucks

 

“The body positive movement is being commodified. It’s time to fight back” – from 12/17

https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/body-positive-positivity-movement-commodified-louise-thompson-book-stephanie-yeboah-nerd-about-town/177199

 

A body confident future
Authors: British Youth Council Youth Select Committee
Format: Online report
Looks the impact body image has on the wellbeing of children and young people. Considers the extent, causes and consequences of body dissatisfaction among young people; social media and body image; the role of schools in promoting positive body image; and health and body image. Makes recommendations to government including: commissioning research to address gaps in the evidence base, including on poor body image in pre-adolescents, the link between poor body image and risky behaviours, and the long term impact of poor body image on young people; developing resources to support the challenges faced by young men, LGBT+ youth, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities or serious illnesses; and establishing an annual National Body Confidence week as a focus for body-image activities.
Publication details: London: British Youth Council, 2017
Go to publication 

 

One dad’s journey through first periods
https://www.shethinx.com/blogs/thinx-pieces/a-dad-on-the-thinx-emails

 

The Bollywood film breaking the taboo around periods
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42732782

 

Written question in Parliament about periods: What support does the government provide to schools to assist them to make adequate and sensitive arrangements to help girls cope with menstruation? – asked by Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead & Kilburn

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-12-20.120772.h&s="sex+education" - g120772.r0

 

 

PORN / SEXTING

 

“Porn for women” searches are up, but female sexuality existed long before Fifty Shades

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/15/porn-women-web-searches-female-sexuality-50-shaphy-women-desire-exploitation-powerful-role-sexuality

 

Parliament staff made 24,000 attempts to view online pornography in four months
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/08/parliament-staff-made-24000-attempts-view-online-pornography/

 

Are more women getting into pornography? We’re talking internet porn searches this week, from Parliament daily log-in rates to news that more women are logging into YouPorn. Is your porn watching increasing or decreasing? And what about feminist porn? – 7-minute Badass Extra debate from podcast Badass Women’s Hour on 16/1/18

https://www.acast.com/badasswomenshour/ep117-badassextra-aremorewomengettingintopornography-

 

UK pornographers fear age verification laws may harm business – from 7/11/17

https://news.sky.com/story/uk-pornographers-fear-age-verification-laws-may-harm-business-11116453

AND: • UK porn is about to change in a way you're not going to like – from 24/11/17
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/9kqp43/uk-porn-is-about-to-change-in-a-way-youre-not-going-to-like
AND: • Pornhub owner may become the UK's gatekeeper of online porn – from 23/11/17
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/23/pornhub-mindgeek-age-verification-ageid-digital-economy-uk-online-porn/

 

Here's the porn that women watched in 2017
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/d34wxa/here-is-the-porn-that-attracted-women-in-2017

 

Question on pornography asked in Parliament

The furore over the appointment of Toby Young exposed widespread distaste for a casual attitude towards the relational and other harms of pornography. The recent consultation on the internet safety strategy included no measures to mitigate these harms. Will this now receive thorough attention given that opinion seems to be shifting on pornography? – question asked on 9/1/18 by Lord Farmer, Conservative

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2018-01-09a.116.4&s=%22pornography%22#g118.5

 

Teenagers and pornography – 3-minute video from 2/15 from FamilyLives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zj0MASfTeg 

FROM: • Porn https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/teenagers/sex/porn

AND: • Sexting – 3-minute video from 2/15 from FamilyLives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TWjGOCvpzA

 

What’s the problem? – A guide for parents of children and young people who have got in trouble online (eg sexting, viewing porn etc) – from 3/15 from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation

https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/files/Parents%20Pack_Whats%20the%20problem_11Mar2015.pdf

 

“I saw your willy” – 1-minute Share Aware video from 1/15 from the NSPCC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sch_WMjd6go 

FROM: • Share Aware campaign (NSPCC)

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware

 

 

CONSENT / PLEASURE / TALKING ABOUT SEX

 

Aziz Ansari didn’t do anything illegal but that’s not the point 

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bjy394/aziz-ansari-didnt-do-anything-illegal-but-thats-not-the-point

AND: • Aziz Ansari allegations show that people have a lot to learn about consent

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/aziz-ansari-consent-op-ed

AND: • Jameela Jamil on consent: “No” is a right, not a privilege

http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/jameela-jamil-on-consent?

AND: • Will more cautious relationships mean less sex in 2018?

https://thelily.com/will-more-cautious-relationships-mean-less-sex-in-2018-cc001963c24

AND: • The Aziz Ansari story is a mess, but so are the arguments against it

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/17/16893896/babe-aziz-ansari-sexual-misconduct-new-journalism-millennials-platform-reporting

AND: • Aziz Ansari and the reductive ways we talk about consent

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/a3nae8/aziz-ansari-and-the-reductive-ways-we-talk-about-consent

AND: • Aziz Ansari’s bad date: let’s get clear about consent

https://medium.com/@Eroticapoetica/aziz-ansaris-bad-date-9e176e525b8e

AND: • Aziz Ansari and the paradox of “No”

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/01/aziz-ansari-and-the-paradox-of-no/550556/

AND: • The humiliation of Aziz Ansari

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/01/the-humiliation-of-aziz-ansari/550541/

AND: • There is no rampaging #MeToo mob

https://slate.com/culture/2018/01/the-reaction-to-the-aziz-ansari-allegations-shows-metoo-is-more-measured-than-its-critics-claim.html

AND: • The best takes on the Aziz Ansari story

https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/aziz-ansari-story-babe-best-takes.html

AND: • Are discussions around sexual abuse and consent complicated by a limited vocabulary? – on Twitter

https://twitter.com/i/moments/953748099712794624

AND: • Aziz Ansari, #MeToo, and the Media – 51-minute discussion on Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast

https://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/podcasts/aziz-ansari-metoo-media.htm

 

How deeply rooted perceptions of sex can inform ideas of pleasure and consent – on Twitter
https://twitter.com/i/moments/953442666053693440

 

“Bad sex”, or the sex we don’t want but have anyway

https://elladawson.com/2017/12/09/bad-sex-or-the-sex-we-dont-want-but-have-anyway/

AND: • My “bad sex” is my daughter’s “assault” — and I’m glad

https://medium.com/@rebecca_flowers/my-bad-sex-is-my-daughters-assault-and-i-m-glad-e47acc829292

AND: • We’re in the middle of an uncomfortable discussion about bad sex. Good

https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/3/zoe-beaty-why-discussing-consensual-bad-sex-matters 

AND: • FINE, let’s talk about the Aziz piece. But first, let’s talk about “bad sex”

https://medium.com/@shelbyfero69/fine-lets-talk-about-the-aziz-piece-but-first-let-s-talk-about-bad-sex-d49904802011

AND: • On Aziz Ansari and “bad sex”

http://bust.com/feminism/194067-aziz-ansari.html

 

Is blockchain the answer to sexual consent?

http://fortune.com/2018/01/16/consent-app-me-too/

 

A comic explaining what consent does and doesn’t look like

https://greatist.com/live/what-consent-looks-like-comic 

 

This viral thread shows why talking to our friends about our sex lives is so important

https://thedebrief.co.uk/relationships/sex/sex-consent-healthy-aziz-ansari/

 

Talking to your children about sexual boundaries and consent

On her podcast Solo Parent Life, Dr Robbin Rockett talks to Mike Domitrz, author of Can I Kiss You? and the founder of the Date Safe Project which focuses on consent and healthy conversations about relationships – warning: very American

http://soloparentlife.com/62-talking-to-your-children-about-sexual-boundaries-and-consent-with-mike-domitrz/

 

From Blurred Lines to New rules: how sex in pop has changed for ever

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/18/from-blurred-lines-to-new-rules-how-sex-in-pop-has-changed-for-ever

 

Talking about consent – 4-minute video from 2/15 from FamilyLives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ7UXd_SRiM FROM: • Consent https://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-young-people/consent/?

 

Sex and relationships – 4-minute video from 2/15 from FamilyLives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlyXipE867s 

PLUS: • Your influence on your teen's attitude to sex and relationships https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/teenagers/sex/your-influence-on-your-teen-s-attitude-to-sex-and-relationships/

AND: • Healthy relationships – 4-minute video from 2/15 from FamilyLives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J1vkiAazkM 

FROM: • Healthy relationships https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/teenagers/sex/healthy-relationships/

 

What does consent really mean?
Authors: Pete Wallis and Thalia Wallis
Comic book format aimed at teenagers which explores the meaning of consent. Follows a group of teenagers chatting on their way home from school. They discuss the myths and taboos surrounding sex and consent, talk about their own experiences and debate what's okay and what's not. Includes questions and information to start a conversation with a young person, or to form the basis for a lesson or workshop on sex, healthy relationships and consent.
Publication details: London: Singing Dragon, 2018

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Does-Consent-Really-Mean/dp/1848193300

 

How can we teach consent if we don’t teach about pleasure?

https://theestablishment.co/how-can-we-teach-consent-without-pleasure-91ec6e451585

AND: • O.School – The sex ed we all should have had – O.School creates intimate spaces to talk about sex and pleasure online with live stream talks

https://www.o.school/

 

 

TEENAGERS/CHILDREN & MENTAL HEALTH

 

“Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42732442

 

The letter your teenager can’t write you – from 23/6/15 – powerful advice to parents that went viral from psychologist/trauma specialist Gretchen Schmelzer 

http://gretchenschmelzer.com/blog-1/2015/6/23/parent-corner-the-letter-your-teenager-cant-write-you

 

Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age – conference on 22/3 in central London

http://www.safeguardingdigital.co.uk/home

 

Mental health: children and young people
The Evidence-Based Practice Unit, a partnership between University College London (UCL) and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, has published findings from the HeadStart annual survey looking at the mental health and wellbeing of 10- to 16-year-olds. Findings from a survey of 30,843 children and young people from 114 schools in England participating in the HeadStart programme, which pilots different approaches to build young people’s emotional resilience, include: 18.4% were experiencing emotional problems – more common for girls (24.9%) than boys (10.9%) – and 18.8% were exhibiting behavioural problems – more common for boys (23.1%) than girls (15.1%)
Source: UCL news   
Further information: Mental health problems in young people aged 11 to 14: results from the first HeadStart annual survey of 30,000 children (PDF)

 

Pupil Mental Health Crisis? – survey report 2017
Hub4Leaders in partnership with the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools at Leeds Beckett University has published findings from a survey of 603 UK school leaders and governors looking at pupil mental health. Findings include: 58% of respondents said there is insufficient mental health provision for pupils within their schools; 86% said that social media has directly impacted the mental health of pupils; and 83% said mental health issues have increased in the last five years
Source: Hub4Leaders news item   
Further information: Pupil Mental Health Crisis? ‘survey report 2017: examining the current state of mental wellbeing in young people and children in the UK (PDF)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY & KIDS

Safer Internet Day 2018: resources
UK Safer Internet Centre has launched six education packs to help teachers across the UK educate children and young people aged 3-18 about online safety issues. They are among resources created for Safer Internet Day 2018 (celebrated globally on 6/2)
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/safer-internet-day-2018-education-packs-and-sid-tv-videos-launched

 

Invitation to participate in nationwide pupil online-safety survey

The NSPCC and the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) are running a pupil online safety survey, free to all UK primary and secondary schools, to mark Safer Internet Day. The online survey is open from 1-28 February and covers a range of online safety issues. Schools need to sign up in advance to participate in the survey. Findings will improve our understanding of the risks children and young people face online as well as providing a better understanding of attitude and behavioural trends that will help inform policy and educational resources

Source: LGfL Nationwide pupil online-safety survey information page  

Further information: Sign up your school: pupil online-safety survey for safer internet day 2018

 

Children unprepared for social media ‘cliff edge’ as they start secondary school, Children’s Commissioner for England warns in new report
https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2018/01/04/children-unprepared-for-social-media-cliff-edge-as-they-start-secondary-school-childrens-commissioner-for-england-warns-in-new-report/
AND: • Life In Likes – Children’s Commissioner report into social media use among 8-12 year olds
https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Childrens-Commissioner-for-England-Life-in-Likes.pdf
AND: • Social media firms must take more responsibility as children grow up “chasing likes”, commissioner warns
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/04/social-media-firms-must-take-responsibility-children-grow-chasing/

 

Apple investors call for action over iPhone “addiction” in children

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/08/apple-investors-iphone-addiction-children

 

Have smartphones destroyed a generation? – from 9/17

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

AND: • How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids – by the same author from 22/8/17

https://theconversation.com/how-the-smartphone-affected-an-entire-generation-of-kids-82477

 

To students from students: 50 online rules to live by
http://www.janellburleyhofmann.com/postjournal/to-students-from-students-50-online-rules-to-live-by/#.WmBrGpOFjMJ

 

Advice for parents – what to do if your child sees something upsetting online 

http://www.childnet.com/blog/advice-for-parents-what-to-do-if-your-child-sees-something-upsetting-online

 

Children and smartphones – Woman’s Hour on 10/1/18 from

Investors have called on Apple to develop software that limits how long children can use its smartphones. Babies are handed devices to keep them quiet, toddlers see a magazine as a tablet to swipe, teenagers have relationships on Snapchat. How much can we call a child's love of technology an addiction? How much are parents to blame for their kids' use?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09kq1c4

 

Screen Time & Family Relationships: Helping Parents Restore Connection – watch the 1-hour webinar on 10/1/18 held by Children’s Screen Time Action Network (American) Join Dr Richard Freed to learn the signs that families are open to guidance on putting down devices and rediscovering relationships. Includes: strategies to engage parents in setting screen/phone limits; tools parents can use to bond with children/teens in an age of distraction; new evidence that smartphones and social media are fuelling teen depression; signs that video gaming is hurting kids’ quality of life; fighting back against a pop culture undermining parents’ efforts to limit screens

https://screentimenetwork.org/resource/screen-time-and-family-relationships-helping-parents-restore-connection

 

 

RSE (RELATIONSHIPS AND SEX EDUCATION) AND SEX ED

 

How can we support teachers to effectively deliver PSHE education?
https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/opinion/how-can-we-support-teachers-effectively-deliver-pshe-education

 

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: an evidence-informed approach UNESCO has published revised guidance to assist education, health and other relevant authorities in the development and implementation of school-based and out-of-school sex education programmes and materials

http://www.comminit.com/global/content/international-technical-guidance-sexuality-education-evidence-informed-approach

AND: • The report http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/ITGSE_en.pdf

 

Justine Greening presses government to ensure sex education is taught in all schools

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/justine-greening-presses-government-ensure-sex-education-taught-all

AND: • Justine Greening’s departure is bad news for anyone who cares about education

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/09/justine-greening-departure-tory-education-secretary

AND: • Justine Greening: Why we must update sex and relationships education to make it relevant in 21st-century Britain – blog post from 19/12/17
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/justine-greening-why-we-must-update-sex-and-relationships-education?amp

 

Dear Viv: When should I tell my daughter about sex? – 2 minutes (from minute 10) from podcast with Vivian Groskop of The Pool

https://www.the-pool.com/life/advice/2017/46/dear-viv-episode-79

 

A dad tried to explain sex to his son. What happened next – American

https://swirlster.ndtv.com/sex-relationships/a-dad-tried-to-explain-sex-to-his-son-what-happened-next-1797631

 

Drama out of crisis: how theatre and improve teach lessons in sexual consent

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jan/11/drama-theatre-sexual-consent

 

Debate on social media in House of Lords – on 11/1/18 – touching on legal/moral points around fake news, Facebook algorithms and referencing RSE, porn, online hate, unregulated content, gambling + children, sexual images/abuse of children etc 

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2018-01-11a.367.0&s=Sex+and+Relationship+Education - g391.0

 

In reference to the National Education Union report on Sexism in schools published in December 2017, what steps is the Department for Education taking to ensure that the relationships and sex education curriculum is designed to prevent sexism and sexual harassment among children and young people at all key stages? – asked on 15/1/18 by Darren Jones, Labour, Bristol North West

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-01-05.121188.h&s=Sex+and+Relationship+Education

 

Will the Secretary of State for Education take steps to improve and strengthen the teaching of consent during sex and relationship education? – asked on 15/1/18 by Julian Knight, Conservative, Solihull

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-01-05.121347.h&s=Sex+and+Relationship+Education#g121347.q0

 

 

PAST EVENT

 

The Talk – held on 20/1/18 at Rich Mix, London

A funny, moving play about that lesson and all those unfortunate bananas. Let’s talk about sex education… Over the last year, playwright Neela Doležalová asked friends and strangers these questions, and they shared their memories and stories. Over 40 hours of interview material from over 70 people in their teens to their 90s have been edited down to a 70-minute headphone verbatim show

https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/theatre/talk

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