Generation Sext – Why has the sending of intimate images become so prevalent amongst our children and young people?

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WEDNESDAY 27 APRIL 2016

COSLA CONFERENCE CENTRE, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

HALF-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

This half-day training conference will explore:

  • Body image, self esteem and its impact on behaviour
  • The sexting culture – what the evidence tells us
  • The dangers and impact of sharing sexually explicit images
  • Effective responses and strategies for minimising the risks
  • Good practice and good guidance
  • Key learnings and next steps

The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill, has attracted much media attention, predominantly for its focus on so called “revenge p0rn” – the sharing of explicit images by ex-partners. But the issue of social media and mobile technology as a platform to exchange these kind of images voluntarily amongst children and young people is far more pervading.

Recent research – including the SPIRTO and STIR projects – has highlighted that the sending of nude selfies is now one of the most fundamental aspects to many young people’s sexual development, with just under half of UK children surveyed having self-produced sexual images.

What is not so well understood are the underlying reasons for why this has become the case and what the legal and educational landscape looks like in this challenging area.

As young people are now being charged with offences placing them on the sexual offenders register for sharing images of themselves if they happen to be under the age of 16 (with all the long term repercussions that includes), it is essential that those involved in their care and support can effectively guide them through this minefield.

Supported by

Speakers

Joanna Barrett

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland

Dr Karen Cooper

Researcher in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Dr Rachel Happer

Head of the National Confidential Forum

Elaine Chalmers

Head of ChildLine in Scotland

Tim Parkinson

Professional Officer, Scottish Association of Social Workers

Dr. Diahanne Rhiney

Founder, Diahanne Rhiney Consultancy & Strength With In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M)

Linda Thompson

National Development Officer – Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Women’s Support Project

Janice Stevenson

Development Officer and Domestic Abuse Support Worker (Fearless), LGBT Youth Scotland

Agenda

09:00-09:30     Registration and morning refreshments

Understanding the current culture

09:30-09:40     Chair’s welcome and introduction
Joanna Barrett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland

09:40-10:10     Body Image, Self Esteem and its Impact on Behaviour
Dr Diahanne Rhiney, Founder, Diahanne Rhiney Consultancy & Strength With In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M)

10:10-10:35     Nude selfies – adolescents and online self-produced images

  • Gaining an understanding of the current trend in order that we can guide our children
  • Developing evidence-based guidelines for practitioners, parents and carers
  • What parents and carers need to know
  • Establishing a more consistent, child-centred approach

Dr Karen Cooper, Researcher in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh

10:35-10:55     Opportunities for questions and discussion

10:55-11:15     Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Responses and the Longer Term

11:15-11:35     Coming of age in a Porn culture

  • How our culture has been co-opted by the porn industry to normalise its products and move porn from the margins to the mainstream
  • The impact on the relationships and expectations of young people

Linda Thompson, National Development Officer – Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Women’s Support Project

11:35-12:35     Panel and audience discussion: ‘Sexting – the impact, the long term repercussions and the developing responses’

Featuring:

  • Joanna Barrett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland
  • Dr Rachel Happer, Head of the National Confidential Forum
  • Tim Parkinson, Professional Officer, Scottish Association of Social Workers
  • Janice Stevenson, Development Officer and Domestic Abuse Support Worker (Fearless), LGBT Youth Scotland

12:35-12:50     Closing Address – ‘‘Sexting and online safety: learning from children and young people’s experiences”
Elaine Chalmers, Head of ChildLine in Scotland

12:50-13:00     Chair’s round-up and closing remarks

Venue

Hosted by

COSLA Conference Centre
Verity House

19 Haymarket Yards
Edinburgh
EH12 5BH

t: 0131 474 9200

www.cosla.gov.uk/conference_centre