Secondary Schools and Colleges: Help shape research into sexting among young people
Sexting is the act of young people sending sexually explicit imagery, primarily between mobile devices, amongst peers. Much of the attention to date from the media and policy makers regarding sexting, has focussed on the extent of incidents and trying to quantify the various aspects of sexting. SWGfL, as part of its work as a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, and Plymouth University are undertaking a research project to gain a better understanding of sexting among young people in the UK. As such, they are conducting two surveys; one for schools, and one for 11 to 18 year olds and are asking for schools to take part and have their say. These short, anonymous research surveys aim to better understand:
- The influences and pressures that drive behaviour, the impact of these practices, and the support being asked for by young people.
- The frequency and capability that schools and colleges have to respond effectively to incidents.
- Questions are focused on the frequency of issues, together with the reporting opportunities offered by the school and the capability and confidence of staff to recognise, respond and resolve issues.
- Take the Schools survey here
11-18 year olds survey
- Questions focus on young people's exposure to and experience of sexting. Some young people might find some of these questions uncomfortable. The survey is voluntary and completely anonymous; participants should not share any personal details.
- Access the 11-18s survey to share with young people here
BackgroundProfessor Andy Phippen is Professor of Social Responsibility in IT at Plymouth University, currently exploring issues in the use of technology in relationships. SWGfL/UK Safer Internet Centre and Plymouth University have published a number of reports to better understand the ways young people use mobile and Internet technologies to share personal images among friends. These include:
- Sharing Personal Images and Videos Among Young People, Dr Andy Phippen, 2009
- Sexting: An Exploration of Practices, Attitudes and Influences, Prof Andy Phippen, 2012