Session C: Prevention, assistance and tools for young people abused online
Wednesday 23 May 15.50 - 17.30
Moderator: Mare Ainsaar, University of Tartu and ROBERT
Enabling young people to recognize sexual boundary violations (in the media), to know their own limits and to fend off attacks [PDF]
Working with the educational material "Let's talk about porn - youth sexuality, Internet and pornography”
Realizing the lack of practice-related material connecting sex education to media education, klicksafe, pro familia Bavaria and the state media center of Baden-Württemberg have confronted the issue of online pornography use by teenagers and developed a teaching material entitled "Let's talk about porn - youth sexuality, Internet and pornography " .
The material is divided into four modules, each module comprising factual background information as well as numerous worksheets to be used with students in class. It also contains a self-evaluation form that can help educators to reflect their own attitude towards the sensitive and intimate topic of sexuality and pornography .
Module 1 covers the fundamental physical and psychosocial changes that adolescents experience during puberty. It thus provides background information for talking to young people about sex and porn movies.
Module 2 deals with the pressure to be physically attractive and to expose themselves in social media that teenagers encounter, and the way this pressure is built up through advertising, television, and pornography.
One worksheet, f.ex., addresses the issue of naive sexualized self-presentation in social networks and the potential consequences of privacy and intimacy-loss on the internet.
Module 3 explains how and why young people consume pornography and how pornography affects teenagers. It points out risks as well as opportunities for discussion.
Module 4 illustrates how the sexualization and pornographication of modern media affects youth language and social relations between young people, from humiliating "sex language" that accesses the language of young people to sexual grooming in social communities or chats. One worksheet explains, for example, the issue of anonymity in chats and focuses on the initiation of sexual contact in chat conversation.
The material has been developed to enable teenagers to recognize and ward off grooming by developing technical skills as well as intrapersonal strategies of defense. Discussing it in class can also serve as an occasion for affected youngsters to talk about their experiences. (However, if any case of abuse is uncovered during a lesson, teachers and educators are advised to contact experts for professional help.) The presentation will cover content and overall conception of the teaching material. Selected worksheets will be presented in detail.
Julia von Weiler
Innocence in Danger
Smart User Prevention programme against online sexual abuse in Germany [PDF]
This session will introduce practical, hands on prevention ground work dealing with online sexual abuse in Germany by Innocence in Danger e.V.
The "Smart User Preventionprogram" against online sexual abuse consists - so far - of 3 parts.
1. being work material which can be used immediately by teachers, pedagogues, etc. to talk about the issue with youngsters (www.schuetzt-endlich-unsere-kinder.de)
2. "Smart User Peer2Peer Prevention" trains older adolescents in becoming "Smart User Trainer" in order to inform and sensitize younger adolescents about online risks and safety measures.
3. "Offline" is an interactive Preventionadventure for adolescents aged 11 to 14 in which they turn into super agents who will defend their rights to use the internet, fight criminals and learn about safety measures online.
M.A., Director Wildwasser e.V. Berlin
Online counselling as means to support youth experiencing sexual violence [PDF]
Wildwasser e.V. the eldest NGO working against sexual abuse of girls and women in Germany has been offering online counseling for more than 10 years. Meeting youth where they are and spend a lot of time is like virtual streetwork.
We have found that online counseling, especially via chat is a means to access girls who are still in an acute situation of sexual abuse.
This form of support via email and chat is easy to access for many youth and young adults who are isolated, live in small communities or face other barriers (e.g. disabilities). The threshold is much lower than to contact us via telephone or face to face.
Online counseling distinguishes itself by being a very direct form of communication that is not distracted by appearance or external factors but very often comes directly to the point.
Online counseling has many advantages for girls and young women, who have to suffer from sexualized violence.It gives them the possibility to stay anonymous, to keep control of the whole situation. Furthermore they can decide how much they show of themselves, their thoughts and feelings or can even leave the chat-room whenever they want to.
As they are not seen in this form of communication, shame is not felt as such a big obstacle for talking about the sexual violence they had to experience. These characteristics allow girls to stay in contact with the counselor and feel supported to find ways to change their situations, to stop the abuse and protect themselves.
Online counseling may lead to face to face counseling, but can also stand alone as form of support.
Single contacts or counselling series can take place.
The authors will present the experiences they have gathered in supporting victimized girls by means of online counseling. Online counseling can be seen as an efficient tool for child protection via the new media.
Enabling teachers for cyber-grooming prevention [PDF]
Sexting, cyber-grooming, online-luring: new words for new behaviour? Teachers are often not able to cope with such phenomena and do not really know what to do as prevention in their classroom activities.
Ch@dvise, a project funded by DAPHNE III, tries to offer help in form of a teacher’s handbook on „sex, Violence and digital media“. This presentation will focus on concrete examples on how to do specific classroom activities and what to do in which age.
Such activities also include finding usefull online help, in case a child has experienced such a situation.
Examples from 20 classroom activities for children in age between 6-18 for all subjects are presented.