YPSI/CSE/sexual content online safety
There are numerous resources available for education on youth produced sexual imagery (formerly known as sexting), CSE and other sexual content.
Below is a collection of resources aimed at different groups of young people.
YPSI/CSE/sexual content online safety resources
The #Listentoyourselfie campaign from Childline looks at healthy and unhealthy relationships. There are stories that are presented in written and video form and a checklist of what’s healthy and what’s not.
- The Party: Lara meets and older boy Dan and they start a relationship. Dan comes to Lara’s house while she is having a party with her friends and he starts to pressure her into having sex.
- The Game: Paul has an online friend JJ who he talks to about being gay or possibly bisexual. JJ sends Paul a naked picture and asks for one in return.
Both videos are available with closed captions and can be viewed here>.
The Disrespect Nobody campaign from the Home Office focuses on healthy relationships.
There is a website with information about:
- relationship abuse
- where to get help
There are videos about:
- relationship abuse
The videos are animated but suitable for young people and try to be practical and humorous. The videos come with closed captions and can be accessed here>
This 18-minute film helps young people learn to stay safe from sexual exploitation and helps educate young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship.
It also gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.
This film explores the idea of ‘nude selfies’ in the context of a teenage relationship.
Dee has a boyfriend, whom as a part of a consensual relationship she sends a nude image to. The audience then begin to see how easily a person can lose control of their image as Dee’s photo is shared around the school. Dee thinks of ways she can take control of the situation and advises the audience on the risks of sharing nude selfies.
The audience are encouraged to think about the emotional and social consequences of a nude selfie being shared.
Childline has a lot of information aimed at children of 12+ about the realities of watching pornography.
They also have a series of cartoons aimed at boys available on their YouTube channel here>.
- Episode 1 looks at how boys can have their perception of sex altered by watching pornography and how it can lead to objectifying women.
- Episode 2 looks at how pornography can lead to people feeling they have to re-enact what they see
- Episode 3 looks at the peer pressure to have sex. There are also information films that explore the topic further
Be aware that the cartoons are quite explicit: the main authority figure in the cartoons is called Professor Ophelia Balls and there are other characters with similarly ‘on-the-edge’ names.
Increasing numbers of primary school age children are known to be sharing personal images of themselves. This video would be suitable for children in KS2 who you might be concerned are at risk.
'Alex’s friend shares a picture of Alex with his friend Katie for a joke, but Katie shares it with lots of people online leading to Alex getting bullied and being upset.'
There is a cartoon video and lesson plans with activities, extension work, homework and a slideshow presentation which is available here>.
A teenage girl talks about her relationship with Jake, an older boy. Jake buys her gifts and a phone and is displaying controlling behaviour including sharing naked images of her.
The film explores the feelings of the young person. It is sometimes difficult for young people and adults to identify these types of abusive situations as children and young people may believe they are in a loving, consensual relationship. The video is available to view here>.
Part of the Crossing the Line PHSE toolkit. Abi and her friends love to live their lives online; sharing top tips, fashion ideas and fun stories. The film includes closed caption subtitles and is available here>.
When her online comments catch the attention of Josh, a boy well known in the school, she is excited. As friendship grows and their like for each other develops, it’s not long before Josh’s friend encourages him to pressurise Abi to send a nude selfie.
She’s not keen to do this and seeks the advice of her friends. Mixed opinions and increasing pressure from Josh soon encourage her to change her mind to take the photo. Although Josh intends to delete the photo, his friend Brandon, intercepts the picture and sends it on to others online, which causes much distress for Abi.
Kayleigh's love story is an online grooming case from October 2015 which ended tragically.
This video re-enacts the last two weeks of 15-year old Kayleigh Haywood's life when she was groomed on Facebook by a 27-year old male and then went to visit the man.
Kayleigh was raped and murdered by the man and his next door neighbour. Both men were subsequently convicted of serious offences and received substantial prison sentences.
The video has been made with the support of Kayleigh’s family and would be rated 15 if it were to be shown in the cinema. The video and the accompanying information is available here>.
A drama-based educational sexting resource that addresses and questions the sensitive issue of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically with 11-16 year olds. By asking young people to step into the shoes of the characters within Picture This, they explore the law, impact and consequence of sexting and are encouraged to contemplate their online behaviour.
The pack, downloadable here, comprises of a 25-minute play script and lesson plans that seek to educate and enlighten young people about the consequences of creating and sending indecent images. Young people can decide their own ending for this play, formed from all that they have learned throughout the lessons.
Two animated videos looking at the risks of sending nudes of yourself and the consequences of sharing images of others.
Both videos include closed captions and are available here>.
This is an animated resource about the effects of youth produced sexual imagery concentrating on the Gypsy, Roma and travelling communities as part of a project trying to keep young people in those communities safe from Child Sexual Exploitation.
Other resources include an activity book, guide for practitioners, posters and leaflets which are available here>.
Online sexual harassment is unwanted sexual conduct on any digital platform and it is recognised as a form of sexual violence. This toolkit from Childnet for young people aged 13-17 specifically focuses on peer-to-peer online sexual harassment taking place between young people. Activities include lesson plans, a peer led workshop, films and an assembly presentation. Comprehensive guidance is provided for professionals.
The material can be accessed here
This guidance focuses on addressing and changing the behaviour of those young people who have carried out harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) online towards their peers. The types of HSB covered are:
- Non-consensual sharing of intimate images and videos
- Exploitation, coercion and threats
- Sexualised bullying
- Unwanted sexualisation
The document looks at how to use supportive discussion and involving parents and carers in dealing with incidents.
There is a template for creating a moving forward plan for the young person and lots of information about where to signpost young people to further sources of support.
The document can be downloaded here>
The Zipit app aims to help teenagers deal with difficult sexting and flirting situations.
The app offers humorous comebacks and advice, and aims to help teenagers stay in control of flirting when chatting.
Search for 'zipit' in your app store.