Youth Wellbeing Project equips you to critique porn’s impact on individuals, relationships, families, communities & nations
SafetyIQ and PreventionIQ programs
SafetyIQ and PreventionIQ is a whole school approach to prevent sexual harms, and build young people’s resilience and resistance to exploitation and hypersexualized culture. Piloting in 2018, SafetyIQ for Primary Schools and PreventionIQ for Middle and Secondary Schools, provides training for staff; educational materials for delivery with students; guidance to implement policies, processes and practices; and tools to partner with parents through comprehensive online learning.
SafetyIQ and PreventionIQ:
- Assists schools to respond to the increasing needs of families facing the social/emotional/cognitive harms of hypersexualized culture.
- Introduces school protocols for implementing policies, processes, and practices that prevent and respond to pornography and sexual harms.
- Provides robust learning materials for staff and students, and directs parents to a comprehensive online learning platform.
- Addresses prevention of sexual harms (particularly through technology use), enhances children and young people’s relationships, and builds resilience to hyper-sexualized culture.
- Utilizes a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child educational and public health framework that responds to the researched harms of pornography as a public health crisis.
Critical Porn Analysis
Critical Porn Analysis is an educational response to the researched harms of pornography as a public health crisis. Critical Porn Analysis moves beyond the micro focus of how the individual interacts with pornographic content, to consider a more holistic approach on how porn’s proliferation and ease of access impacts the health & wellbeing of individuals, relationships, families, communities and cultures.
Critical Porn Analysis requires a critique through 5 interconnected lenses: global industry; sex, gender, power & relationships; sexual exploitation; child sexual exploitation; and mental health & addiction. Critical Porn Analysis provides educators, decision makers, and community a greater understanding of the scope of impacts, and frames the discussion to respond to pornography as the public health crisis of the digital age. Critical Porn Analysis builds upon the work of Natalie Collins, a UK-based Gender Justice Specialist. This inquiry begins a difficult, but necessary conversation. Questions are by no means exhaustive. For a detailed explanation, go to Culture Reframed.
Yes, we absolutely need to educate our kids and teens about porn. But when you hear the word ‘porn literacy’, ask a few more questions before you say ‘yes’.
Read about Critical Porn Analysis at Generation Next and The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. Full details at Culture Reframed.
Ways porn harms children & young people
Porn is controversial because it’s divisive. There’s ‘Pro-Porn’ and ‘Anti-Porn’ sides. It’s as oppositional, if not more, as any other ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ discussion. – Liz Walker
Pornography is accessible, affordable, anonymous and addictive. A growing number of neuroscience studies show how an overactive reward system can result in addiction.
“Porn is now the most prominent form of sexuality education for many young people; it is shaping young people’s sexual understandings and expectations in ways unprecedented.” – Maree Crabbe
Research suggests that adolescents who use Internet porn have lower degrees of social integration, increases in conduct problems, higher levels of delinquent behaviour, higher incidence of depressive symptoms, and decreased emotional bonding with caregivers.
As the porn industry continues to grow, clinicians report that an increasing number of individuals are seeking out help to deal with sexual and relational difficulties associated with pornography use.
Pornography is linked to increases in negative attitude to women, decreases in empathy for victims of sexual violence, and increases in dominating and sexually-imposing behaviour.
“The increasing sexualisation of children and their exposure to inappropriate sexual content is of significant concern and is closely linked to the occurrence of Problem Sexualised Behaviours.” – Sexual Assault Support Service
A study on the consequences of exposure to Internet pornography for early adolescent boys’ academic performance indicates that increased use of Internet pornography decreased boys’ academic performance six months later.
Numerous studies reveal links between porn use and sexual dysfunctions, including porn-induced erectile dysfunction, low desire, and sexual & relationship dissatisfaction. Negative effects are often reversed by stopping Internet porn use.
Specialist cohort presentations on pornography
We consistently find that the topic schools need most support with is how to talk about pornography. For children and young people to be resilient to the impacts of pornography, Youth Wellbeing Project provides cohort presentations taking a critical porn analysis approach. With presentations available for every age and stage of development, primary school sessions are best delivered in classroom size, whilst secondary schools will benefit from cohort presentations.