The Sexting Conversation

The Sexting Conversation

In the wake of the shocking revelation of a pornography ring targeting Australian schoolgirls, many schools are looking to address the issue of sexting with their students. Here we suggest four conversations that can help to promote safe and respectful relationships. 

First, some context. Sexting is a general term used to refer to the creation and digital sharing of sexually explicit conversations and media. In the world of teenage relationships, it is seen as a normal part of dating ... 

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The Problems with Porn

The Problems with Porn

A recent symposium and current Senate Enquiry are drawing attention to the harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet. While the topic of pornography is difficult to discuss with teenagers, research suggests the conversation is urgently needed. The primary concerns raised by child healthy experts relate to the accessibility and nature of internet pornography.

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Consent, Tea and Teenagers

Consent, Tea and Teenagers

Consent in relationships can be a confusing concept for teenagers. Clarity is lost in the sea of endless ‘What if?’ scenarios … What if she says ‘yes’ to begin with, and then says ‘no’? Do you need to ask? What if you can just tell that she’s keen? Do guys need to give consent? Is consent needed for foreplay, or just sex? What if they’re drunk? 

Unfortunately the porn-saturated world of teenagers only adds to the confusion, a point made often by those on the pointy end of law enforcement. 

This confusion is why I’m thankful for tools that offer clarity to consent. And the short clip Consent is like a Cup of Tea is a good one. 

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Better than Binge Drinking

Better than Binge Drinking

“Who believes Australia has a drinking problem?” 

I scan the room of teenagers and see a few raised hands and a few shaking heads. Many are not sure how to respond. Perhaps it is an unfair question. After all, it's nearly impossible for them to evaluate objectively the culture in which they are immersed, one that celebrates binge drinking and risk-taking behaviour as their rite of passage. 

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