RY: It’s Only Banter

It’s Only Banter, is designed to challenge professionals approach to tackling issues such as sexting and pornography. There is much information in the media that highlights the dangers of mobile phone and the internet. However, the real negative and suspicious approach that adults in general often take when tackling these topics not only risks shaming young people but can actually push them away from asking us for help when they get in trouble.  There is often no recognition of how mobile phones or the internet might be used to help young people to negotiate sexual boundaries; provide a new platform for difficult conversations; or help to keep young people safe by providing needed lifelines to vulnerable children. This is especially important for those who identify as LGBTQ+, who may not yet be out to their family and can seek help anonymously.  

This training gives a much more balanced approach. Furthermore, we look at practical ways of engaging young people using media to discuss topics around RSE. As we explore current events and contemporary issues, this trainings keeps professionals up to date with latest topics of discussion such as: No Fap, incel, cyber-flashing, revenge porn, and deep fakes. 

Media: TV shows, movies, song lyrics and music videos, social media – sexting – outcome 21 – pornography – digital sexual abuse: deep fakes, revenge porn, up skirting – the law – mobile phones – feminism – gender – sexualisation – language.

For Professionals to be better prepared to support young people to develop and maintain heathy relationships. With a specific focus on the messages around  consent, sexting, social media pornography, sex in the media

Participants will:

  • have the opportunity to consider where young people receive their information around sex and relationships from. 
  • explore the social scripts around sex presented in the media, including: TV, movies, song lyrics, and pornography.  Learn to unpick these scripts to better understand the messages they portray and to explore how we can use them to deliver direct work with young people.
  • build their knowledge, and best practice around tackling issues around pornography, consent, sexting and social media.
  • explore the importance of language when it comes to discussing issues of sex, gender, rights and responsibilities.
  • discuss latest research, legislation, evidence and practice around exploring digital media with young people in RSE 

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