NEW GEN RISING Leader Training and Resources

EQUIPPING YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS TO PURSUE A LIFESTYLE OF FREEDOM AND RIGHTEOUSNESS IN A PORN SATURATED CULTURE

 

The aim of this program is to unpack the impact of pornography and porn culture on young people, equipping and empowering them to make healthy and sustainable choices for their relationships and future. The goal is to promote ‘Shame free, fear free awareness.’

Sections includes video resources, guidance scriptures, testimonies, activities and questions for discussion.

In addition to this web page and the leaders guide, youth and young adults are provided with a web page that includes links and resources.

Pornography has now become the main sex educator for a vast number of youth. To provide an idea of the statistical likelihood of young people being in some way, influenced by pornography, an Australian study published in 2017 found that 69% of boys and 23% of girls have seen pornography by age 13 or younger. This same study found that in the 15-29-year-old age bracket, 84% of young men and 19% of young women watched pornography on a weekly or daily basis. Due to the hardcore, most often violent nature of pornography, youth consumption is resulting in a significant number of harms to their physical and mental health, wellbeing and relationships.

Teens who are regularly accessing pornography can do so at the click of a button as often as they seek it out. In addition, youth are regularly absorbing hypersexualised media messages via digital technology platforms, social media, gaming, music videos, movies, and more. We cannot expect young people to receive enough information to counteract hypersexualised culture from one or even numerous school presentations. As such, it is important that they have regular opportunities to critique the stories that pornography tells them, and ensure they are provided with alternative and accurate information to assist them to resist pornified messages and develop their own pathways for authentic sexual development. So young people can be fully supported, it is vitally important for teachers, parents and carers to be fully informed. Parents can be directed to Culture Reframed and the  Office of the eSafety Commissioner – relevant links can be found on the Follow-up Support Links Tab.

The following information is designed to equip facilitators to feel confident with the subject of pornography and equipped to discuss any questions that may arise during delivery of NEW GEN RISING.

This first video is by Liz Walker, Founder and Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project. It is an information resource that can be viewed by leaders, utilised as part of a promotional awareness for the need to address this topic in your church, and if desired, viewed by participants in the program. To download this video, access via this link.

Prepare well prior to delivery

Spiritual Self-Preparation

Regardless of any personal struggles, Jesus came so that you can be “free indeed”, so determine in your heart to not let the enemy rob you of this truth. Remember:

I am the righteousness of God—I have right standing with Him—in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)

We recommend these resources be utilised to prepare yourself well:

Education Self-Preparation

Pornography is available at the click of a button – it’s incredibly graphic and often violent or abusive. This is having a range of impacts on children and young people. Read more about the statistics and impacts on these websites:

eChildhood
Culture Reframed
Reward Foundation
The Light Project

Is free pornography destroying our brains? is a documentary produced in New Zealand by TV3. The 3D investigative journalist, Phil Vine, spoke to porn users and porn addicts, as well a top international scientist and Youth Wellbeing Project Managing Director, Liz Walker, who say online porn can actually alter our brains.

Viewing this video is recommended for all leaders involved in delivering NEW GEN RISING, however it is also applicable for other leaders within the church. The broader the understanding amongst the church community of pornography impacts, the more likely that consistent messages will be provided.

The video on the left is the full documentary. The video on the right is a short segment which discusses the brain science, recommended for  viewing in Section Three.

How do we talk about porn with youth and young adults?
  • Discuss Porn Culture from a critical analysis view point, just as you would a written or visual text.
    • Rather than talking about a specific pornographic film/visual, discuss ‘porn culture’ and the impact it is having on the way young people think and feel. Porn culture includes hypersexualised advertising, ’sex focused’ reality tv, sexualisation on social media and much more.
      • Porn culture refers to a culture where the images, narratives, norms and stories of porn permeate into the mainstream, and are internalized and normalized These cultural voices shape how the majority of the population understand identity, relationships and sex. In a porn culture, sexual violence is reframed as “sex” and women are viewed as disposable sex objects undeserving of equality, dignity and agency.
    • How does porn culture ‘position’ audiences to think, feel, act?
  • Discuss porn culture as a ‘sexual educator’. What is porn culture teaching us about sex and sexuality? Where do most people these days learn about sex? What are the advantages/dangers of this?
  • Ask open ended, non-judgmental questions using third-person language:
    • What could someone do if they saw images or video footage that made them feel uncomfortable?
    • Where could someone find support if…
    • How may someone feel if…

 

  • Talk soon, talk often: A resource for parents that is also helpful and practical for leaders, carers and others in regular contact with youth.
  • Culture Reframed: another resource directed for parents that is helpful in understanding the issue.
  • Training by Youth Wellbeing Project:
    • We deliver Teachers and Leaders training to equip you to understand the impacts of pornography on child safety, mental health, sexual behaviours and child development; and empower you to take action by responding proactively and protectively.
    • Online Video Training is also available for individuals and organisations.

In addition to this web page and the leaders guide, youth and young adults are provided with a web page that includes links and resources.

Click on the Table of Contents below to access resources

Preparation: Section One ~ Norms
Preparation: Section Two ~ Taboos
Section Three: RISING ABOVE ~ IMPACT
Section Four: RISING ABOVE ~ RESTART
Section Five: RISING ABOVE ~ FREEDOM
Teaching recordings
TESTIMONIES to be used in section three, four and five

PREPARATION: Section One ~ NORMS

The above two video segments by Dr Gail Dines have been extracted from the TEDxNavesink Talk: Growing Up in a Pornified Culture. These short segments have been edited to remove expletives.

PREPARATION: Section Two ~ TABOOS

Section Three: RISING ABOVE ~ IMPACT

Section Four: RISING ABOVE ~ RESTART

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Awake to Righteousness by Mark Greenwood is a fantastic book for E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E to read!

Recommended viewing after Session Four

Section Five: RISING ABOVE ~ FREEDOM

Recommended viewing after Session Five

Teaching recordings

Coming soon…

TESTIMONIES to be used in section three, four and five.

Porn and Mental Health

 

Video: Porn and Mental health facts (2.53 minutes)

Discussion Questions

A. Which of these facts did you find most surprising and why?

B. Which of these facts did you already know or assume?

Porn culture in schools

Video: Sex in Schools (3.34 minutes)

Discussion Questions

A. What ‘evidence’ of the effects of porn culture on relationships have you seen or witnessed?

B. How might we begin to counteract porn culture? What kind of culture do we want to create? As a youth group, in our church, in our relationships and in our community?

C. Brainstorm some keys to building and sustaining healthy relationships.

Porn influencing behaviours

 

The Fight the New Drug website has some wonderful videos and information for youth and young adults. View the video explaining the impact of porn on relationships (found on the main landing page).

Optional: Have young people explore the page unpackingSexual tastes are molded by an individual’s experiences and their culture…” –Norman Doidge, PhD and answer the following questions:

i. What issues might this shift in behaviours create for young men?

ii. What issues might this shift in behaviours create for young women?

iii. What issues might this shift in behaviours create for same-sex attracted or gender diverse?

Responding Proactively to Pornography

 

Video: The Porn Factor trailer (1.11 minutes)

Brainstorm: How might we begin to counteract porn culture? What kind of culture do we want to create? As a youth group, as a church, in our relationships and in our community?

Responding Proactively in Relationships
Talking Points

 

  • What were the 5 signs you’re in a toxic relationship Matthew Hussey highlighted?
  • Do you agree/disagree with these? Why/why not?
Further Exploration

 

Visit Fight the New Drug and explore the section on porn’s impact on broader society.

A. Watch the feature video for this section and then have participants explore the statistics scrolling below the video.

B. What other negative impacts has porn culture had on our broader society? Which of these statistics and findings is most challenging or concerning for you?