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As you transition from Primary to Secondary school you could end up spending more time online whether it’s for homework (yeah right!) or keeping in touch with friends, being creative, or playing Minecraft. There are so many wonderful, exciting things you can do and as they say you have ‘The world at your fingertips! With this extra freedom as you get older, you also need to realise you have extra responsibility for yourself and others. People say things online that they would never say to someone’s face and therefore have no idea of the impact of those words. How many stories have you heard of people being bullied and how devastating this can be?
Be very careful regarding your own personal safety and giving any information about yourself. You also need to very aware of the risks of meeting anyone off-line and that you would never do this without a trusted adult being with you or knowing where you are.
It’s really important if you are ever worried about anything you see/hear that you can talk to someone and get support if needed.
Based on real life experiences, Connected is an Irish short film exploring how young people communicate and connect online (2.00)
Amaze: Being safe online looks at how amazing the internet is but why it’s so important to navigate it safely (4.25)
Amaze: Being safe on the internet highlights that nothing is really private online but not to worry as you are in control with how much or little you share (2.57)
Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself or others. It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device. You may think this is harmless but there can be very serious consequences for the sender, receiver or anyone who has shared these images. Often you may feel you have to send a nude or have to ask for one, this is not true and no one should ever feel pressured into doing this. If anything is ever shared belong to you non-consensually (you did not give your permission), you need to tell a trusted adult, who can help and support you. If you ever receive content that would harm/shame/embarrass someone else you do not share that content and again tell a trusted adult.
For your eyes only is an Irish post-primary resource but relevant for 6th class students transitioning to secondary school, it looks at the impact of sexting for the sender (2.36)
Sexting: UK produced clip demonstrating possible consequences for a couple who send sexually explicit images (5.52)
Amaze: Sexting This clip highlights all the possible consequences before deciding to send a sexual text message (2.00)
We are asked lots of questions in 6th class about Pornography and often it’s about finding out are certain things real or normal. It’s good to know that porn is not real and not what you should expect from a real relationship or how you would treat another person. Bodies can look very different to ours and people in porn often have surgery to exaggerate certain parts, breasts would be a good example and also penises are way bigger than an average sized one.
Lots of young people come across Porn either by accident or you just want to see what it’s all about. It’s important to remember it’s for adults and not children. If you are ever worried about anything you see, or feel in anyway pressured by a friend or boy/girlfriend to watch porn, it’s really important that you can speak to an adult you can trust.
Amaze: Porn Fact or Fiction: does what is says on the tin and explains what is real and what is not. (1.56)