Young people’s views on sexting education and support needs: findings and recommendations from a UK-based study

Jorgensen, Clara Rubner and Weckesser, Annalise and Turner, Jerome and Wade, Alex (2018) Young people’s views on sexting education and support needs: findings and recommendations from a UK-based study. Sex Education. ISSN 14681811 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Young people’s sexting is an area of increasing concern amongst parents, educationalists and policy makers, yet little research has been conducted with young people themselves to explore their perspectives on the support they need to navigate relationships in the new digital media landscape. To address this absence, an inter-disciplinary team of researchers undertook a participatory study with students, aged 13 to 15, in a UK secondary school. This paper outlines key study findings, including young people’s views on sexting, their recommendations for improved education around sexting in schools, their preferred sources of support, and their perspectives on the way adults should respond to young people’s sexting. Findings indicate that sexting education needs to be developed within the context of wider relationship issues, such as gender, power dynamics and trust between peers, and improved communication between students and teachers or other responsible adults. Findings may be used to consider ways of designing and communicating messages around sexting to young people within and beyond educational settings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexting; young people; perspectives; relationships; UK
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L300 Sociology
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Family Health
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Creativities
UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA 02: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA23: Education
UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA34: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Depositing User: Alex Wade
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2018 10:07
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 07:42
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6003

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