Things you didn't know about porn Part 3

Free school lesson plans

In the absence of age verification legislation and the risk of more lockdowns where children will have easier access to porn sites, The Reward Foundation has decided to make its seven core lesson plans on internet pornography and sexting available for free at our shop. Feel confident about teaching this challenging subject. Parents can use these lessons too for homeschooling.
Background

Of all activities on the internet, porn has the most potential to become addictive,” say Dutch  neuroscientists Meerkerk et al.

Our unique approach focuses on the effects of internet pornography on the adolescent brain. The charity has been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (family doctors) in London as a recognised training organisation for teaching about the impact of internet pornography on mental and physical health. For the past 8 years The Reward Foundation has been teaching in state and independent schools about the impact of internet pornography on mental and physical health and listening to what pupils want to learn and discuss. Most are fascinated by the workings of their brain and how their internet activities can affect their health, behaviour and motivation. We’ve also been listening to what teachers need to feel confident teaching this contentious subject matter. By focusing on the science and practical life experience, teachers will be in a good position to help pupils think through the challenges they face in today’s pornography-saturated internet environment. According to psychiatrist Dr John Ratey, “Your life changes when you have a working knowledge of  your brain. It takes guilt out of the equation when you recognize that there’s a biological basis for certain emotional issues.” (P6 Introduction to book “Spark!”).
Expert Input
We have worked with the assistance of a range of experts including more than 20 teachers, many experienced in developing training materials for schools,  lawyers, police officers,  youth and community leaders, doctors, psychologists and many parents. We have piloted the lessons in schools across the UK. The materials are diversity friendly and porn-free. Testimonials:
  • The lessons went really well. Pupils were fully engaged. There was enough information in the lesson plans to let teachers feel prepared. Would definitely teach it again.
  • Re: Sexting, the Law and You:  It was very helpful. They liked the stories, and these stimulated a lot of discussion. And we discussed the legalities that had to be seriously considered. Pupils said they weren’t too phased about receiving any sexting / photos as “it’s happening all the time”. They said they ignored it as it wasn’t such a big deal. We found that quite surprising. (From 3 teachers at St Augustine’s RC School, Edinburgh.

Faith-Based Lessons

The current lessons are suitable already for faith-based schools as no pornography is shown and can be easily adapted with the substitution of some wording which is identified in the Teacher’s Guide. For more details, please contact Mary Sharpe at mary@rewardfoundation.org. The Reward Foundation does not offer therapy or legal advice.
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