Our work through Young and Aware supports the prevention of online porn harm through educational books, curricula and workshops. Young and Aware resources equip our young to critically analyse media and culture so that they can make healthy and brave choices for themselves. Notably, Young and Aware educational books include:
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, the transition to Young and Aware began 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. You can learn more about Liz’s involvement in other culture-shifting initiatives that respond to online porn harm on her website or read more below.
Young and Aware provides research-based curricula to guide our young to avoid the onset of risky sexual behaviours (online and offline) that may contribute to negative outcomes for their emotional, psychological, social and health wellbeing.
Suitable for homeschooling parents and educational settings, these resources will be available in the coming months. Frameworks that guide our curricula are detailed below.
Porn and Online Safeguarding Education
Porn & Online Safeguarding Education (POSE) supports children and young people to build critical literacy skills to minimise porn and other online or contact harms, equipping them for wellbeing. This education includes age-sensitive information to inform safe, respectful, trusting, consenting, and equal relationships.
POSE situates porn education within a framework of balancing content around other pivotal areas of accepted child development and safeguarding education. Elements include Online Safety, Protective Behaviours, Mental Wellbeing, and Relationships and Sexuality Education. The Porn & Online Safeguarding Education framework guides Young and Aware resources.
7 principles of whole-person centred sexuality education
The holistic model of sexuality
The Holistic Model of Sexuality depicts the internal and external forces at work in and around our identity. Human identity is a beautiful and complex phenomenon, partly distinguished through the complex and continuous interactions between these internal and external environments. No two people are the same, and the effects of these interactions will vary from person to person. This individuation is why the fingerprint is a perfect emblem of personal identity. The Holistic Model of Sexuality captures the process in which these environments negotiate–allowing for a critical examination of the factors that influence our identity.
The Holistic Model of Sexuality informs Youth Wellbeing Project presentations and IQ PROGRAMS.
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