Our work through Young and Aware supports the prevention of online porn harm through educational books, curricula and workshops. Young and Aware resources equip kids and teens to critically analyse media and culture so that they can make healthy and brave choices for themselves. Importantly, Young and Aware educational books include:

FROM THE CREATOR OF YOUNG AND AWARE

Our work through Young and Aware is an initiative under the direction of Liz Walker. Previously known by the names Youth Wellbeing Project and Porn Resilient Kids, Young and Aware launched in June 2022. In her role as an educator and advocate spanning twelve years, Liz responds to online porn harm and is dedicated to culture-shifting initiatives that equip children & young people.

Youth Wellbeing Project

Promoting safe & healthy relationships free from tech & sexualised harms through research-based education.

In the coming weeks, our work through Youth Wellbeing Project will move to the Young and Aware website.

Liz Walker Presents

You can learn more about Liz’s involvement in other culture-shifting initiatives that respond to online porn harm on her personal website.

Liz’s Story

When I was six years old, I was shown a porn magazine with page after page of graphic sexual images. Understandably, the scenes swirled around in my mind and gave me the wrong idea about sexual behaviours, relationships, and even myself. Upon reflection, I often wonder if things would have been different for me if, as a six-year-old, I had talked to a trusted adult and asked for help. However, I thought I would get into trouble if I spoke with someone. As a result, I wasn’t even sure anyone would listen or understand. How very wrong I was. As it turns out, asking for help would have been the best thing I could have done.

Today, troubling content can be found everywhere – far more explicit and harmful than I encountered. Unfortunately, children of all ages are exposed to hardcore, online graphic porn at the click of a button – images that their eyes were never meant to see.

It’s up to mums, dads, teachers, carers, and safe grown-ups to be more aware of online dangers and the impact of unsafe images on our kids’ lives. Most importantly, families need to speak with their kids BEFORE they see online porn. It’s critical that they have the skills to know how to respond.

Our educational books, curricula and workshops inspire and facilitate educated conversations about online pornography harm. It’s up to us to empower kids to take charge of disturbing images. We can give them the confidence to speak with a trusted adult and stand up against porn culture. Above all, we can teach them to listen to their inner voice to help them make safer and more positive choices.

Watch the video below to learn more about my journey.