Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said that Personal, Social and Health (PSHE) lessons needed to be improved and placed at the heart of the curriculum.
‘Children should be taught about consensual sex to help vulnerable girls spot, report and tackle abuse. Let’s be clear, the internet and advance of the digital age are things to celebrate and to embrace. But let us not deny they bring new pressures that require new responses. The pressures young people face today were unimaginable to my generation.’
The top messages from the research were:
- the primary technology-related threat comes from peers, not ‘stranger danger’
- sexting is often coercive
- girls are the most adversely affected
- technology amplifies the problem by facilitating the objectification of girls
- sexting reveals wider sexual pressures
- ever younger children are affected
- sexting practices are culturally specific
- more support and resources are vital to redress the gendered sexual pressures on young people.