Subject: ✩ Brisbane PD & Online Training now available to help with this global issue

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Dear Friend,

We are halfway through the year and the question that more and more schools and community organisations are asking is: "What should we do to to protect kids from p0rnography?" The unfortunate reality is that everything myself and other world leading experts have been warning about relating to kids access to p0rn and safety, is now becoming too difficult to ignore.

This week in New Zealand, it was reported that: National's Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye said she thinks p0rnography access among youth is a "massive issue" and said she's "deeply concerned" about what she's being told by parents and teachers.  "I'm deeply concerned about the principals and teachers and parents that are saying to me it's a bit of an epidemic - that we've got a sexualisation occurring. Children have access to devices and at home there'll be a group of parents who have absolutely no idea in terms of what their kids are accessing. This is a global issue. I'm really, really worried."

Hypersexualised culture and p0rnography grooms kids to be vulnerable—it's up to proactive professionals and parents to help them build resilience to exploitive messages.

In a recent Facebook Live update, I unpacked what p0rnography is and how it has the potential to impact kids. I shared comments from a cyber safety expert—sadly, it has rocked people to the core. Watch the full live update here or scroll below to watch a short video segment that reveals what kids are viewing and a question posed by an 8-year-old.

What can you do in your organisation to help kids develop their critical thinking skills to make informed choices in the event they are confronted by or struggling with explicit content online and socially? Start with these ideas and resources.
  1. Be informed. This is an issue of utmost child safety importance. Understand what it is that kids are exposed to and the various ways this content can potentially impact their safety, development, mental health, behaviours and understanding of relationships.
    ~ My live update is the tip of the iceberg to understanding this issue. For comprehensive training, today I've released online video training for single user access and organisations. I'm also hosting a full-day workshop north of Brisbane on July 26 - more details below. Alternatively, book a PD session for your school or child/youth organisation.
  2. Engage school and organisation leaders and staff in implementing change
    ~ Access this 13-minute video that explains why it’s important we change the way we think about and deliver sexuality and p0rnography education. Leverage off this video with a staff discussion and explore what changes need to happen to effectively educate, equip and keep kids safe.
  3. Start the conversation in your community and involve parents.
    ~ Invite parents and community members to an event. Both myself and other team members are available to present Proactive & Protective Parenting in a Digital Age. Alternatively, access the free downloadable Culture Reframed Parents Program to deliver in your community.
  4. Equip students with an external expert presenter. Build young people up with positive messages to counteract p0rn culture.
    ~ Megan, our Secondary School Teacher, is available to deliver student presentations for years 7-12. Sessions on offer include a short assembly: The P0rn Talk: The Conversation You Need that No One Wants to Have; or longer age-targeted presentations on building resilience for students to deal with Body Image, Stereotypes & Media Pressures, Sexting & Cyber Relationships, and Sexual Harassment & Objectification. Book now for terms 3 and 4
  5. Work towards implementing robust educational materials.
    ~ The IQ PROGRAMS are receiving exceptional feedback. Launched in April with the Umbrella Unit for ages 6-7, upcoming units are on the way for kids aged 9-10 and 13-14. Mapped to the Australian Curriculum, resources are ready for adjusting or licensing to deliver in your region or country. Over the next 18-months, content will be available for delivery by teachers and child/youth orgs for all age brackets 5-16 years.
Our expert team are working around the clock to create solutions, so please reach out if you have any requests for resources.

Till next time, stay inspired.
Liz Walker and the Youth Wellbeing Project team.
Responding to p0rnography as a child safety concern

Professional development for all who desire to remain on the cutting edge of child, youth and parent education which supports child safety in the digital age. A fully catered event held on Friday 26 July in Caboolture (north of Brisbane) ~ book today.
The story of an 8-year-old

"In every workshop the kids talked about the violent nature of the content they watch, choking, gagging, slapping, hitting, kicking hair pulling, name calling, ejaculating on her face and in her mouth, in their words ‘destroying her’ ‘smashing her’ ‘slaying her’ etc. Ten year olds talked about raping in GTA and then throwing her out of the car and killing her."

Watch the video to find out the question an 8-year-old boy asked a cyber safety expert...

Equipping Educators for Tricky Conversations

70% OF BOYS AND 25% OF GIRLS HAVE SEEN p0rn BY AGE 13 OR YOUNGER and according to a cross-national survey of parents in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, two of the top three online situations parents are most concerned about are related to sexual themes.

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Youth Wellbeing Project, PO Box 1055, North Lakes, QLD, 4509, Australia
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