The Pornography Issue


'The Pornography Issue': The Sex Education Forum launches first edition of new e-magazine

The media release below provides further details about the first issue of the Sex Educational Supplement e-magazine. See also our myth-busting section on pornography and SRE.

Media Release 25 April 2013

Today (25 April 2013) the Sex Education Forum, based at leading children's charity the National Children's Bureau (NCB), launch their new e-magazine'The Sex Educational Supplement',which will help schools deliver high quality sex and relationships education (SRE) classes, tackle potentially taboo subjects and offer practical advice drawn from consultation with those on the front-line of sex education: teachers and young people.

Lucy Emmerson, Coordinator of the Sex Education Forum and Editor of the magazine said:'I am delighted to launch this first edition of the 'Sex Educational Supplement', our new e-magazine to support teachers with sex and relationships education (SRE).  Providing SRE in school and at home is vital because adults can offer factually correct information and an opportunity for safe discussion that matches the maturity of the child. This magazine includes lesson ideas, suggested resources and recommendations from young people about what they want to know'.

The magazine launches its first edition with'The Pornography Issue'which advises schools on how to broach this potentially difficult and controversial subject.

Lucy Emmerson continued:  'Teachers have told us they are nervous about mentioning pornography in SRE, yet given the ease with which children are able to access explicit sexual content on the internet,  it is vital that teachers can respond to this reality appropriately.  Whilst in some cases children find this material by accident, there are instances when they come across pornography whilst looking for answers to sex education questions; it is therefore wholly appropriate that pornography and the issues it reveals are addressed in school SRE.  In addition, teaching children and young people to be critical consumers of media and able to discuss issues about the body, gender and sexual behaviour will equip them with "filters in their head" to be more in control of the media available to them.'

One young person said:  'Because pornography does not show what relationships are really like, or that it may have effects on people. We need the chance to consider the pros and cons and there should be balanced teaching about it, not just the negatives. We think that personal, social and health education (PSHE) is the right place to learn about pornography.'

The Sex Education Forumadvises teachers to look at the curriculum as a whole to identify areas where core SRE themes are covered, this will enable them to then look at ways to incorporate the themes of pornography and sexual imagery in the media in a more general and age-appropriate way:  'A broad programme of SRE that starts in primary school and covers key themes such as relationships, power, gender, consent, our bodies and sexual behaviour is essential scaffolding for more direct reference to pornography with teens.'