Sexting – understanding the culture of sharing intimate images amongst children and young people and the risks involved

Sexting conference image resized

THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2019

COSLA CONFERENCE CENTRE, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

Held in advance of Safer Internet Day on 5th February, this one-day national conference will provide attendees with training on some of the key issues around youth-produced sexual images (‘sexting’) and consent, enabling them to use that training as part of their own work with children and young people on Safer Internet Day.

Amongst a range of expert speakers, Professor Ethel Quayle CBE will deliver a keynote address exploring her recent and ongoing research into coercive and non-coercive self-produced sexual images by adolescents. Jess McBeath will lead an interactive session on the risks and issues for children, young people and professionals, including exploring available educational resources such as those produced for Safer Internet Day 2019.

Using a mix of presentations and interactive roundtable sessions, the event will encourage participants to explore:

  • The sexting culture amongst children and young people – what the evidence tells us
  • Is sexting a child protection issue and when should the incident be reported formally?
  • The impact of taking and sharing sexually explicit images
  • The link between pornography and sexting
  • Advice on the resources available for professionals and parents
  • The legal landscape and the policing approach to children and young people involved
  • How to provide young people with effective support and guidance in this area

Supported by

Speakers

Professor Ethel Quayle CBE

Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh and Director of COPINE

Jess McBeath

Online Safety Specialist, Lemon Tree Consulting

Stuart Allardyce

National Manager, Stop It Now! Scotland

Mary Sharpe

Chief Executive, The Reward Foundation

Joanna Barrett

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland

Agenda

09:00-09:40     Registration and morning refreshments

09:40-09:50     Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
Joanna Barrett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland

Session One: The sexting culture amongst children and young people – what the evidence tells us

09:50-10:30     What do boys and girls think about sexting?

  • Boys are more likely to hold positive beliefs about sexting than girls
  • For boys the use of online pornography is also associated with sexting and negative gender attitudes
  • Sex and relationships education needs to promote a critical understanding of pornography use and sexting among young people that recognises its abusive and gendered values

Professor Ethel Quayle CBE, Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh and Director of COPINE

10:30-10:40     Opportunities for questions and discussion

10:40-11:00     Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Session Two: Sexting, Sexual Development and Pornography

11:00-12:00     Interactive Session

“Sexting: normative sexual behaviour or a new form of child sexual abuse?”

  • Sexting behaviour within the context of child and adolescent sexual development
  • The similarities – and differences – between sexting and different forms of adolescent harmful sexual behaviours
  • Some of the early findings from the Glasgow based ROSA project (Reducing Online Sexual Abuse) which is tackling problematic online sexual behaviour

Stuart Allardyce, National Manager, Stop It Now! Scotland

12:00-12:50     Interactive Session

“Sexting, pornography and the law”

  • Pornography’s influence on sexting
  • Possible legal consequences
  • Prevention strategies

Mary Sharpe, Chief Executive, The Reward Foundation

12:50-13:40     Lunch and opportunities for networking

13:40-13:45     Chair’s Welcome Back

Session Three: Providing young people with effective support and guidance

13:45-15:10     Interactive Session

“Youth produced sexual images – developing approaches and responses for professionals”

  • Examine the role of technology
  • Scenarios to practice identifying, evaluating and responding to risk
  • Relevant educational materials
  • Key resources and sources of support for teachers and professionals across Children’s Services

Jess McBeath, Online Safety Specialist, Lemon Tree Consulting

15:10-15:15     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