Sexting, Pornography & the Adolescent Brain, American Edition


Pupils learn about the key drivers of the brain, its strengths and vulnerabilities, during adolescent development. They discover how best to build their own brain to be a more successful person.


This lesson is suitable for ages 11-18 years. What are the unique characteristics of the fantastic, plastic, adolescent brain? How does sexting and pornography influence sexual conditioning or programming? How can I shape my brain and behavior to make me a more interesting, attractive and successful person? No pornography is shown in this fully resourced, diversity friendly lesson.

Of all activities on the internet, porn has the most potential to become addictive” says Dutch neuroscientists (Meerkerk et al. 2006). The Reward Foundation is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (family doctors) to run training on the impact of internet pornography on mental and physical health. One of the lead authors of these lessons was a board member of the (American) Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health from 2016-2019. Pupils learn about the strengths and vulnerabilities of their brain and why sex is a number one focus from puberty onwards. They discover how best to build the brain to be a more successful person.

There is an opportunity for discussion in pairs or small groups and for feedback as a class. The Teacher’s Guide provides you with all the information you need to deliver the lesson and enable you to speak confidently about the subjects raised. There are links to research papers where appropriate and signposting to other relevant websites.

Sexting, Pornography & the Adolescent Brain, American Edition is the second of our lessons on Sexting. It can be taught as a stand-alone lesson or after Introduction to Sexting.  All lessons are available together in a value bundle. See also the sexting and internet pornography superbundle.

We have worked with a range of experts including more than 20 teachers, many experienced in developing training materials for schools, lawyers, several police officers and ‘campus cops’, youth and community leaders, psychiatrists, doctors, psychologists and many parents. We have piloted the lessons in over a dozen schools across the UK.

Resources: Sexting, Pornography & the Adolescent Brain, American Edition features a 28-slide PowerPoint (.pptx) and a 21-page Teacher’s Guide (.pdf). There are hot links to relevant research and further resources.

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