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posted by azrael on Tuesday July 08 2014, @06:20PM   Printer-friendly
from the educate-or-keep-them-ignorant? dept.

The Daily Mail reports that children in the UK may receive school lessons about sexting.

Children as young as nine could be taught in school about the dangers of sexting.

New sex education packs produced by a charity warn girls not to send 'sexy and pouting' pictures using their mobile phones.

They suggest telling children of seven not to email photos of themselves in swimming costumes in case they fall into the hands of paedophiles.

The article goes on to say:

The lessons are part of a pack, launched last week, that schools can download for £299 a year.

Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, said it was 'symptomatic of a mindset that thinks young children should take responsibility for their own safety, when in reality it is the job of parents to protect them'.

He added: 'To address such issues in the classroom runs the risk of introducing ideas and thoughts that many children are not ready for. In some cases [it] is likely to breed an unhealthy distrust and suspicion of adults.'

Meanwhile, UK polticians are calling for lessons to "tackle the rise of sexist abuse fuelled by internet porn" and the UK, Australia and the Philippines are currently engulfed in pedophile scandals.

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  • (Score: 2) by egcagrac0 on Wednesday July 09 2014, @11:54AM

    by egcagrac0 (2705) on Wednesday July 09 2014, @11:54AM (#66457)

    saying "don't teach about sexuality (including modern communication thereof), teach about privacy" is unproductive

    I envision the instruction going something like this: "People you don't know will be watching what you say and do on the (phone/tablet/computer). I understand you might want to show a particular someone some pictures, but are you ready for that person to share them with everyone else? Are you ready for strangers to see your pictures, too?"

    If you were aiming at me with the "don't teach about sexuality, teach about privacy" bit, I want them to teach both. If the focus is on "don't send pictures of your butt", they might miss out on the important broader concept - don't send what you don't want monitored (which may very well include pictures of your butt).

    I am not trying to shield my daughter and keep her innocent. I'm trying to prepare her for the world. She's 3 at the moment, and still at that stage where she thinks it's cute to run around with her butt out. We're working on "don't take your butt out at Grandma's, leave it put away" at the moment, while trying not to scare her of nudity in general. Situational propriety is the goal, but... she's 3, and she has a habit of stripping down, running into the living room, waving her butt at everyone, smacking it a few times, and scampering away giggling.

    On the upside, she's not posting it online.

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  • (Score: 2) by jimshatt on Wednesday July 09 2014, @06:51PM

    by jimshatt (978) on Wednesday July 09 2014, @06:51PM (#66667) Journal

    On the upside, she's not posting it online

    No, but you are! ;-P
    But, yes, I was aiming at you, because you used the word "instead" instead of the word "besides" that you apparently mean. And I agree.