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Exploring The Impact And Influence Of Pornography On Young People

March 26 @ 12:00 AM - 12:30 AM GMT


Between 2021-22 the Childrens' Commissioner led a Government-commissioned review into online sexual harassment and abuse, which involved speaking to children and young people about peer-perpetrated sexual violence. Young people said, in unequivocal terms, that harmful behaviour is directly influenced by violent pornography.

The average age at which children first see pornography is 13. By age nine, 10% had seen pornography, 27% had seen it by age 11 and half of children who had seen pornography had seen it by age 13.

Whilst the long awaited Online Safety Act assures new UK restrictions to inappropriate content, the abundance of sexualised images across all digital platforms continues to provoke concern. Whilst opinions on the ethics of porn vary widely, the vast majority of adults agree that porn is not a substitute for good quality sex education. Not just in terms of its potentially negative impact on young people’s expectations of real-life relationships and sex, but also its lack of inclusivity and traditional focus on male pleasure, arguably reinforced by the type of online misogyny promoted by powerful influencers.

Traditionally a difficult topic to talk about, this online workshop aims to build educators confidence to engage young people in critical thinking about this important area of RSE. To question what they see, understand active consent and challenge gender and race-based stereotypes in ways that avoid shame and blame.

Join Vanessa Rogers as she shares her expertise and practical tools

Through interactive training and discussion learn effective approaches to build trust, provide support, and empower young people.

Join Vanessa Rogers author & renowned Youth Worker for this ground-breaking interactive training.

Aims & Objectives

  • Why porn is not a substitute for high quality relationships and sex education.
  • How porn can overtly and covertly influence young people’s understanding and expectations of real-life relationships, consent, sexual health and reinforce stereotypes.
  • The potential contribution of porn, popular culture and online misogyny to (so-called) rape culture.
  • Practical ways to approach this emotive topic with young people to educate and empower.

The session is suitable for youth workers, teachers & social care workers, parents and anyone interested in making a positive impact on the lives of young people

Tailored for educators, parents, and youth workers, this course provides a thorough examination of the multifaceted impacts of pornography on the minds of young people. Engage with expert-led modules that unravel the psychological, emotional, and social consequences, offering a holistic understanding of the challenges faced by young individuals in the digital era.

Acquire practical insights into fostering open and honest conversations with young people, empowering you to address their questions and concerns about pornography with sensitivity and knowledge. Equip yourself with effective strategies to promote healthy relationships, consent, and media literacy, creating a supportive environment for navigating the digital landscape responsibly.

This interactive training incorporates case studies, group discussion, and practical exercises to enhance participants’ understanding and application of the concepts discussed.

Additionally, participants will gain access to a wide range of resources, including educational materials, referral networks, and support services.

Embark on this essential journey to empower the next generation with knowledge and resilience against the potential negative effects of pornography. Enrol in “Exploring the Impact and Influence of Pornography on Young People” and become a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the youth you serve.

Please note: this workshop discusses pornography, a topic that some may find emotive for a wide range of reasons including faith, gender and culture. All content is age-appropriate for Key Stage 3 formal or social education, and no pornographic or explicit images are included or referenced.


On Completion Of This Course, You Will Receive A Certificate & Resources That Can Be Used Towards Your Continued Professional Development (CPD

Our Experienced Trainers Support Participants Through Interactive Exercises And Facilitated Discussions, Creating A Safe Space For Reflection, Sharing And Professional Development.

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Tel: 0208 207 5567